Bono Vox calls on Argentinian President to locate missing activist
U2 frontman Bono Vox called on Argentinian President to locate a protester who went missing following a clash with police in August this year. Mauricio Macri met him on Monday (Oct.9) at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires, officials said.
The Office of the President did not provide any additional details about the meeting, but it did release photographs showing Macri and Cabinet chief Marcos Peña chatting with the singer.
But what do we know about the missing activist subject of the meeting? Santiago Maldonado disappeared on August 1st after armed forces were called in to clear a road he and his fellow demonstrators had allegedly been blocking in the Chubut province, where they had been calling for the release of a jailed Mapuche indigenous leader and the return of ancestral lands owned by bosses of clothing giant Benetton.
Sources claimed the 28-year-old was arrested by authorities, but he has not been seen since, sparking suspicions of a human rights abuse cover-up, which have led to further protests.
The U2 frontman is well known for his humanitarian work and has been a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.