In Argentina, hundreds of thousands of people have flooded the streets of the capital, Buenos Aires, to voice their support for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after she was acquitted of cover-up charges in a 1994 bomb blast case.
On Sunday, about 300,000 people rallied outside Argentina’s Congress in Buenos Aires to hear the broadcast of the president’s final state of the union address before the lawmakers.
The mass rally followed a decision by a judge to reject cover-up charges against Kirchner in the 1994 AMIA case.
Last week, Argentine Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas dismissed cover-up charges brought against Kirchner by a prosecutor who died under mysterious conditions, saying there wasn’t enough evidence.
Former prosecutor Alberto Nisman, whose body was found in his apartment on January 18, had accused Kirchner of covering up Iran's alleged role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center.
Nisman’s death came hours before he was to testify in a congressional hearing about the AMIA bombing.
Kirchner has frequently dismissed the claim against Iran, saying the late prosecutor’s allegations were baseless and absurd.
“I lament his death, just as I lament the death of any Argentine, of any human being,” Kirchner said Sunday in reference to Nisman, adding, “the AMIA case cannot continue to be used as a political instrument.”
In July 1994, a car bomb exploded at the building of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, also known as AMIA, in Buenos Aires. Eighty-five people died and some 300 were injured.
The Israeli regime accuses Tehran of masterminding the terrorist attack. The Islamic Republic of Iran has strongly denied any involvement in the incident.