Monday, February 13th 2012 - 21:05 UTC

Chilean community in Falklands plan to write a letter to President Piñera

After a successful turnout and demonstration last week, the Chilean community in the Falkland Islands will be deciding this week on addressing letters to President Sebastian Piñera and President of the Senate, Guillermo Guiralde to tell them that in the Islands there is also a piece of Chile.

The community displayed Chilean, Falklands, UK and Magallanes flags

Last week members of the Chilean community rallied on the Stanley sea-front to send a message to President Piñera and the Chilean people, and to expose recent threats by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to refuse airspace to the weekly LAN flight to the Falkland Islands from Santiago.

For the 250 strong Chilean community, the flight is their only viable link with home and losing it will leave them stranded far from home.

“It is not a protest”, emphasized Antoine Daille, one of the principle organizers, “it is a statement, a request to our President that he listen to and support the 250 Chileans living in the Falkland Islands. He is dealing with Argentina without taking us into account and we are worried about the threats that have been made to cut the LAN flights.”

Fernanda Tapia and Jenny Sanchez, two Chileans who have lived in the Falklands for many years and consider the Falklands to be their home as much as Chile, said “we want the Chilean Government to remember that there is a piece of Chile here in the Islands….the problems Great Britain and Argentina have are issues between them, we are for the Falklands and Falkland Islanders and for what they want.”

However not all Chileans were in favor of the rally and declined to take part. “One or two local people were quite angry with us too” said Daille. “They think that if we make an issue of the threats to the LAN flight, it will be more likely to happen. But we have had lots of support from everyone as well, Chileans and locals: all the Chileans in Camp have phoned us to offer their support.”

The Chilean community in the Falklands has long established links Punta Arenas and represents almost 10% of the total Islands population.


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1 nitrojuan (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 09:44 pm Report abuse
ridiculos!! You have to pay to work in a colonial enclave.. if you like to win in Pounds,,, fly via London.......
2 Teaboy2 (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 09:47 pm Report abuse
#1 only thing thats ridiculous here is your comment that had sweet f all to do with the issue written about in the article. And was therefore nothing more then spiteful.
3 Searinox (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:00 pm Report abuse
go ahead and write it LOL this is going to be fun...
4 STRATEGICUS (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:00 pm Report abuse
Chile has created a much more successful country than Argentina with less than half the population and a much smaller land area.

When President Pinera travelled to Europe he was welcomed with respect.

When CFK goes outside the locality world leaders say 'oh not bloody moaning woman again '.
5 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
You've got to feel sorry for Chileans and Falklanders having to live next to these door-knobs. They must have the patience of saints.
6 CameronHighlander (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:16 pm Report abuse
1 nitrojuan

Nitro please come to the Falklands, you want our land come here ya wee boy, lets see what you got. Or do you expect others to do your fighting?

Bessies the lot of ya!
7 nitrojuan (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:31 pm Report abuse
Many chileans works in Arg.Patagonian, in Ushuaia , Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia but nobody takes advantage of the political situation of the country that feeds him, they accept these terms. Many chileans from Punta Arenas for example come to use our hospitals & universities in the Patagonia.. so if chileans ,who lives in Malvinas, know the colonial status, they have to endure this status of living on an island invaded and colonized by the British.
8 STRATEGICUS (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:31 pm Report abuse
These Falkland Islanders must be some kind of supermen and superwomen.

Just think odds of 3000 to 40 million ,and the 40 million are going

round the world crying on peoples shoulders and asking for


Reading the ordinary bloggers in Uruguay and Chile you can see that,

no matter what the politicos say ,there is a growing admiration for the

islanders putting up two fingers to the Argies . Who knows it may be

catching and have started a trend in the region.

Whatever various devious politicians in Britain may have been up to in

the past with their proposed 'dirty deals' there is cast iron support for the


The more the Argies huff and puff the more the support grows along with

the contempt for Argentina.
9 briton (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:49 pm Report abuse
if you argies dont like it,
you can always go to the malvinas,
Helber Galarga
swears by it,
10 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:53 pm Report abuse
I hope the British let the Chileans write the letter themselves, the banner on the picture above wasn't the case.
11 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:56 pm Report abuse
@10 Yes, and those inflatable Chileans waving flags aren't real either. Those pesky Falkland Islanders with their blow-up South Americans for use in times of need!! Darn them!!
12 Xect (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 11:00 pm Report abuse
Lol @ 11.
13 Anti-Fascist (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 11:17 pm Report abuse
10 Marcos Alejandro

How old are you? 6?
14 briton (#) Feb 13th, 2012 - 11:32 pm Report abuse
How old are you? 6?
we dont know, but he still plays with the barbie dolls
15 anti-fascist2 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 01:58 am Report abuse
1 nitrojuan

Here is a film all the nationalist children of Argentina should watch. It should be compulsory education in Argentine schools to learn about their country recent history, instead of teaching lies about the Falkland Islands (the imaginary Malvinas - which Argentina has NEVER had sovereignty over).

That something like this was allowed to happen is a crime against humanity, 50,000-100,000 raped, tortured, mutilated, murdered and disappeared (Borges). Unborn babies ripped out of their mothers wombs, young children taken from their parents, who were murdered by the heroic Argentine military.

Anyone of you born in the 70's? I hope your lucky enough to know who your real parents are...

The Official Story / La historia official

It's a film everyone should watch. Feel shame because the specter of fascism still grips Argentina and as Martino Moreno said “If publishing the truth is forbidden, then lies, ignorance and poverty will follow”.

Argentina's history is still being written by Moreno's assassins.
16 JuanStanic (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 02:41 am Report abuse
The flags are Chilean. In fact, one is from Magallanes region. But the banner is shitly written. In the case they wrote it themselves(I doubt it), then they forgot how to speak Spanish.
17 Lord Ton (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:10 am Report abuse

Hey ho :-)
18 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:20 am Report abuse
Lorton, You said “And amongst all this, the one group whose voice seems to be the least heard, is that of the Falkland Islanders’ themselves”
Thank God

“Britain's military is depleted by cuts – so childish insults and occasional royal dispatches will have to suffice as foreign policy”

“If my mother were in the business of geopolitical conflict resolution, let me tell you right now that NONE OF THEM would be playing with the Falkland Islands after the way they've all behaved. Each of them would be having a long hard think in their rooms about whether it was honestly worth being that babyish”
19 Mrlayback (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:50 am Report abuse
I like this headline: “ If we cant get the UN to back us we´ll get Sean Penn instead” watch out tax payers CFK will make you pay for his wage and he aint cheap.
20 nitrojuan (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:58 am Report abuse
@15 well well.. you're leaving an extremism, in a desperate attempt're taking a part of history, which has to do that part of this history with our claims of our islands? I don´t ask you What British education teach to their childrens... Brits against the Indians, Africans, with people from India and the atrocities of the Brits that everybody knows. Our history is only 200 years (with a Brit invasion in BA) but from UK is longer and all the world knows about their colonialism behavior.
21 Mrlayback (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 04:18 am Report abuse
again 20 nitrojuan

You keep digging up the past, I personally don't see the need to dig up the past when people write!!! British Pirates, Oh The London riots last year “ out of control country ” Oh the Dirty war in Argentina “ The cruelty ”! No one here can rightly say that any country is perfect and to a certain extent all have blood on there hands at some point in their history. but anyway to a more meanful point CFK is trying to claim for an lsland and its in their constitution to try claim for the island, dont you see that looks like colonialism and despite the history of who has the full rights, before you think about that, I like to remind you we live in the present not the past.
22 Beef (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 07:47 am Report abuse
Nitwitjuan - of course these Chileans are trying to make a few pounds. they can then use these to convert into any currency they want. Now the Argie peso, need i go on?
23 ManRod (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:20 am Report abuse
“For the 250 strong Chilean community...”

Not sure if I am mistaken, but isn't this community already bigger than any Argie ever was on the Islands??? :D

Can we raise a claim now??
24 nitrojuan (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 12:36 pm Report abuse
21 Mrcameback.... CFK is not trying to claim the Malvinas.... She and all argentines will claim the islands until the UK return them to the real owner.
22 Beef.... what are they going to do with the falklands pounds.... maybe playing “the monopoly game”...
25 zulu99 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 02:02 pm Report abuse
I can't comment Uruguay as I don't spend any time there, but I spend quite a bit of time in Chile and I can tell you that I don't know of one Chileno who “fears” Argentina. In fact, when most Chilenos speak of Argentinos, there's one phrase used about 99% of the time...Argentinos Cul....yeah, you get it. All of the Chilenos I know usually speak of Argentinos with contempt and the ones who have worked with Argentinos speak of the laziness of the Argentinos. That's the general feeling of Chilenos toward Argentinos. I wouldn't say that the typical Chileno feels any solidarity at all toward Argentina and they honestly don't give a rat's ass about Argentina, their claim on the Falklands, or anything at all about them except staring at the Argentinas on the beaches in Renaca and Vina.
26 Artillero 601 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:40 pm Report abuse

Hey, ho Captain Jack Meet me down by the railroad .... ??

Bring me back memories Red ! :-))
27 Artillero 602 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:46 pm Report abuse

speak of the laziness of the Argentinos.... really? I would suggest for you to shut the f** up. We excelled overseas, nobody here (where I live) make less than 250k a year but when it comes to the “chilenos”, those are the ones that cut my grass every Sunday.
28 southerncross (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 03:53 pm Report abuse
25 zulu99

man, really?

there are almost half million chileans in argentine territory, and not only their lower classes like you have in the malvinas or we employ in the patagonia, the argentineans national universitys around the country are FULL of chileans, i can tell you by my own experience, i'm an architecture student from the UBA and chileans make a pretty big number. Chile is a neo liberal state, is awesome for the money people that represents the 1% of the population that lives in european standars, but the rest of the chilean people can't even buy a beef. really man, hate argentina whatever you like but we have more social inclussion that the US and even the poorest boy can you to college, get's free health care and haves guaranteed a proper nutrition by “universal assignation per child ”

“posta” we have a lot of shitty things but our brother chile country, with its liberal piñeyra as president is doing really really worse and for your education, chilean people will allways back our country , if you don't know JOSE DE SAN MARTIN an ARGENTINEAN , liberate chile from the spaniards, yep their father of the nation is argentinean, so please, read a little more of south american history...coz you're part of it!

see ya “chey”
29 Artillero 601 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
Estos tipos son pateticos o me parece a mi?
30 zulu99 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
Cuales tipos, los Argentinos?
31 Juan23 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 05:14 pm Report abuse
Chile,... your flags there..??... Did you forget san martin? I can't believe it...


Kelpers: You are there, always in a cold and far place...You will be there always alone..your faces are terrible.. learn to be nice, happy...

Regards to everyone. Juan Pablo - Buenos Aires
32 zulu99 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 05:27 pm Report abuse
Artillero 602 - you make 250K a year in Argentina right? Your incoherent post made it hard to decipher. You said “We excelled overseas”. Huh? Who excelled overseas? Oh, do you mean you had to go abroad to make your 250K a year? But if Argentina is all that, why didn't you stay in Argentina to make 250K a year?
33 Artillero 601 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 05:31 pm Report abuse

I made a comment on “ we are all lazy” Fuck face !!
34 Juan23 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 05:43 pm Report abuse
kelperssss...your faces are sad.. poor people...keep that horrible islands.. :)

Juan Pablo - Buenos Aires
35 zulu99 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 07:02 pm Report abuse
@33 - That's exactly right, you're all lazy. See, now we're on the same sheet of music. I knew you'd catch on. A little slow on the uptake, but you got it. Great job dude.
36 Artillero 601 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
Nothing worse than a Chileno mocking me ..... I rather be impaled by Vald Dracul than reading about this guy making fun of me :-))

What the F !!
37 Beef (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 08:41 pm Report abuse
Nitwitjuan - The can do what they wish the FI pound. It is pegged to Sterling and is accepted in all good currency exchange businesses (and some rubbish ones too).

How may of your Pesos are you currently allowed to exchange for a currency worth having?
38 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:03 pm Report abuse
@37 approximately this much >> (
39 Mrlayback (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 06:33 am Report abuse
24 nitrojuan: Its states very clear in the Argentine constitution to try claim for the islands.. and again I remind you we live in the present not the past, You never had sovreighty and you never will. and Yes Juan I cameback you got a problem with that ! KEEP SHOUTING CFK and AFA President because the more you do, the more it helps the Falkland islanders.
40 briton (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
To the world, you preach peace and good will,
Behind there backs you intimidate threaten , abuse , and tell abhorrent lies,

To the world , you claim to be the innocent victim,
But behind there backs, you hurt the islanders, you blockade them , and now want to stop the last flights,

For a country that wants only peace,
You seem pretty determined to drag yourselves to conflict,
The old dictatorship is hard to leave behind, is it not ?

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