Three members of an Orthodox community in Buenos Aires were arrested for operating a mikveh after Argentina ordered all synagogues closed as part of a strict crackdown on gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The city’s lead prosecutor, Juan Bautista Mahiques, confirmed to the A24 news channel that a rabbi was among those taken into custody following a police raid on the Adjut Israel mikveh in the Belgrano neighborhood.
The Argentine Jewish umbrella organization DAIA issued a statement urging Jewish communities throughout the country to obey the government’s orders.
“When human life is in danger, compliance with civil laws is above all precept,” the statement reads. “The ‘pikuach nefesh’ [principle of saving a life] nullifies all precepts, because what is preserved is human life.”