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Juan Maino


Juan Bosco Maino Canales (died 1976?) was a photographer, political activist, and opponent of Augusto Pinochet's regime in Chile. He was a leader in MAPU (Movimiento de Accion Popular Unitaria or United Popular Action Movement). He was detained on May 26, 1976 by DINA agents and disappeared.

Juan Maino was an engineering graduate from Universidad Tecnica del Estado (State Technical University) and a militant and dirigent of the MAPU Party (Movimiento de Accion Popular Unitaria), who was working on his Mechanical Engineering thesis together with his classmate Antonio Elizondo Ormachea.

Two days before his arrest, on May 24, 1976, around 3 p.m., Andres Rekas Urra, brother of Elizabeth Rekas Urra who in turn was the wife of Elizondo, was arrested by DINA agents. He was driven to a clandestine detention and torture facility known as Villa Grimaldi. There he was interrogated about the "activities" of his sister and brother-in-law as well as Juan Maino's. He was forced to recognize and identify his sister in a clandestine stake out and on May 26 he was able to hear his sister screaming at Villa Grimaldi.

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