December 13, 2013
Incidents occur during Candela march in Hurlingham
Hurlingham residents who were clamoring for justice in the Candela Rodríguez’s murder case and marched towards the local town square clashed with Deputy Police Chief Hugo Matzkin as he tried to address the crowd. People were seen hurling eggs and stones at the windows of the Police Station, before Infantry officials were deployed in front of it.
The demonstration had been called by neighbours and friends of the family, and was joined by several teachers and student groups from the area.
People began marching from Candela’s home towards the police station. When they reached the building, Deputy Matzkin tried to address the crowd, but several people immediately rebuked him, hurled eggs and spat on him after he stepped out of the station.
The agitators, led by a man in his 50’s who began yelling at Matzkin, first insulted the Police Chief and then attacked the media crews present there, grabbing their camera tripods and smashing them against the floor.
Candela’s classmates were also present in the march, and could be seen carrying a huge flag that read “Justice for Candela.”
“It’s time that we’re heard, Argentina!”, “Justice and security,” and “You don’t mess with our children,” were some of the claims heard during the march.
“We’re all neighbours, we’re all parents. It happened to this girl today, but it can happen to me or any of my neighbours any other day,” a local woman said.
“We don’t want this case to remain unsolved and we want the murderers to be caught,” she added.
Another protester explained that “just as we demanded for her appearance for nine straight days, now we demand to know what happened. Children were held accountable for the sins of their fathers.”