BUENOS AIRES – A railway worker became the third person arrested in connection with last week’s shooting death of a protester near a station on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentine police sources said Tuesday.
Juan Carlos Perez, detained Monday night, is suspected of having provided the gun that was used to kill Mariano Ferreyra and badly wound Elsa Rodriguez during a protest by the Trotskyite Labor Party on behalf of some 200 laid-off rail employees.
The protesters were assaulted by toughs from a railworkers union affiliated with the CGT, one of Argentina’s two main labor federations.
Railworkers union official Pablo Diaz was arrested last weekend on charges of organizing the violence, while Cristian Favale was taken into custody for allegedly firing the shots that struck Ferreyra and Rodriguez.
Favale, a reputed soccer hooligan, has denied the charges and, insists authorities can find the real shooter by reviewing television footage of the incident.
Though the CGT is close to the government of President Cristina Fernandez, her administration denounced the killing and rejected accusations of trying to cover up for its union allies.
Last Thursday, thousands of members of Argentina’s other big labor organization, the CTA, mounted a general strike that culminated with a rally in front of the presidential palace to demand justice for Ferreyra and Rodriguez. EFE