Argentine ex-security chiefs jailed for protest deaths

A man waves an Argentine flag at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on December 20, 2001 after police used tear gas to disperse demonstratorsAn Argentine court jailed two former top security officials for the deaths of five demonstrators in a 2001 crackdown on protests that brought down then president Fernando de la Rua. De la Rua was forced to resign and flee the presidential palace at the height of a raging economic crisis that triggered riots in the streets after his government slashed Argentines’ salaries and froze their bank deposits. The court ruled that former security secretary Enrique Mathov and former federal police chief Ruben Santos were responsible for the deaths of protesters killed when police opened fire on a crowd outside the presidential palace.

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