updated 9/8/2004 11:31:25 PM ET 2004-09-09T03:31:25

About 5,000 Argentines rallied outside Congress on Wednesday, angry over last week's acquittals of five men thought to be connected to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

The rally was led by Jewish leaders who said that last week's acquittals has left unanswered the question of who was behind the worst anti-Semitic attack in Latin American.

A rigged van exploded July 18, 1994, outside the Argentine Israeli Mutual Aid Association. The blast leveled the seven-story building, a symbol of Argentina's 300,000 strong Jewish community, killing 85 people and injuring 200 others.

"Ten years ago we marched demanding justice only days after the attack," said Sofia Gutemberg, leader of a group of relatives of the victims of the bombing. "Today we're here to do the same but with less hope and more pain. In Argentina, there is no justice and the ruling leaves us asking again who is responsible for what happened."

Under a banner that read "We won't stop until there is justice," Jewish leaders addressed the crowd and harshly criticized Argentine authorities for failing to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

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