Protesters and police clash outside a courthouse in northern Argentina where a social activist is on trial for offenses including corruption. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters and police clashed on Wednesday outside a courthouse in northern Argentina where a social activist is on trial for offenses including corruption, while her lawyers asked the Supreme Court to free her on human rights grounds. Fists flew as supporters of Milagro Sala, leader of the Tupac Amaru social welfare group in Jujuy province, tried to push past police who used chokeholds to keep the crowd at bay. It was part of a series of hearings on charges ranging from intimidation to corruption. Sala has denied the allegations and said she is the victim of political persecution. The case, and the international attention it has gathered, has been a headache for President Mauricio Macri as he tries to improve Argentina's image and attract foreign investment needed to help pull the country out of recession. Sala, whose organization is allied with Macri's predecessor and political foe Cristina Fernandez, has long been accused by opponents of skimming public housing monies that she had received in cash under the previous Jujuy governor.