November 18, 2017

Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado?

Demonstrators protesting Maldonado's disappearance

A mystery worthy of Adolfo Bioy Casares:

Santiago Maldonado, 28, is an Argentinian activist for the rights of the indigenous Mapuchepeople of Patagonia. He has been missing since August 1,

Witnesses say Mr Maldonado was last seen after he was arrested at a demonstration for the rights of the Mapuche indigenous group in southern Argentina on 1 August.

On the day that he disappeared, border police clashed with protesters while dismantling a roadblock that had been erected on Route 40, the main road crossing Argentina from north to south.

Police later denied detaining Mr Maldonado.

President Macri’s government offered a reward of nearly $30,000 for information on Maldonado’s disappearance.

Now a body was discovered in a riverbed just a few hundred yards from where Maldonado was last seen, wearing clothing that resembled his. Major political parties in Argentina have suspended campaigning for Sunday’s election as the body is transported to Buenos Aires for identification.

As the BBC puts it, “Argentina’s history of political disappearances has made the case an extremely hot subject.”

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.

Photo by luzencor

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Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta’s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture.

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