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People hold drawings and photos of Santiago Maldonado during a demonstration at Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 1, 2017 (AP photo by Victor R. Caivano).

Attempting a Comeback in Argentina, Fernandez Seizes On an Activist’s Disappearance

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Argentina’s former president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is a fierce political figure who does not retreat from a fight. And now, in the final days leading up to Oct. 22 midterm elections in which she is running for a Senate seat, she has found a new and unexpected weapon, building her case for victory on the strength of a mystery that has captured the country’s attention.

On Aug. 1, a bearded tattoo artist and political activist disappeared without a trace in the southern Patagonia region. The 28-year-old, Santiago Maldonado, had joined a protest by Mapuches, an indigenous people, when someone threw stones at police. The police raided the camp and in the mayhem, somehow Maldonado vanished. ...

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