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Friday, May 16, 2014
Mob Violence Intrudes into Argentine Penal Code Debate
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Article from NotiSur, May 9
All Argentina is now riveted by 12 cases of mob violence precisely when leading Argentine jurists--of all political stripes and from all academic institutions--have drafted a revision to the country’s virtually obsolete 100-year-old Penal Code. Congressional approval of the proposed legal revision is pending. On March 22, a mob of 50 people in the central city of Rosario killed an 18-year-old masonry worker by kicking his body and head after an unidentified person in the middle of the street screamed that the youth had stolen a purse. Following that brutal event, eleven other cases that left victims either dead or gravely wounded and the perpetrators at large have been reported throughout the country, including one in an upper-class Buenos Aires neighborhood.