Argentina activist missing after indigenous people evicted from Benetton land | World news | The Guardian
Argentina’s government has offered a reward for information about the whereabouts of a missing activist who was last seen when security forces evicted a group of Mapuche Indians from lands in Patagonia owned by the Italian clothing company Benetton.
The $27,000 reward offered on Tuesday comes a day after a United Nations committee said the disappearance of Santiago Maldonado required urgent action by the administration of Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri.
Maldonado’s disappearance has cast a fresh light on the simmering conflict between the Mapuche indigenous people and Benetton, which owns a swath of territory larger than Luxembourg where it grazes sheep to produce wool.
The Mapuches claim part of the Benetton-owned land as ancestral territory and the conflict has often erupted into violent protest.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the former president and Macri’s bitter rival, waded into the row earlier this week, tweeting photos of Maldonado with the comment: “Santiago must reappear. And he must reappear alive.”