The case has revived memories of forced disappearances in the country – and become a rallying cry for president Mauricio Macri’s top opponent

The last time anyone saw Santiago Maldonado was on the banks of an icy Patagonian river, where he was reportedly surrendering to Argentinian border guards during a raid on a camp of indigenous protesters.

Officers from the Argentinian National Gendarmarie attacked the encampment on 1 August, in an attempt dislodge a group of activists who had occupied part of an enormous swath of land owned by the clothing empire Benetton, but also claimed by the region’s Mapuche people.

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