Thursday, May 2nd 2013 - 07:37 UTC

Falkland Islands’ economy ‘strangling’ and intimidation by Argentina reported in British media

Argentina’s ongoing attempts to strangle the Falkland Islands economy by intimidating cruise vessels from calling at Stanley and other islands has been picked up by the Daily Mail in an article written by Ian Drury.

Twelve Argentine ‘intimidation’ incidents against cruise vessels were reported this last season. (Photo by H. Briley)

Under the heading for “Argentine bullies threaten cruises: Country accused of trying to 'strangle' the Falklands by intimidating liners that stop there”, the article mentions twelve incidents in which cruise vessels were targeted and reported to the UK Foreign Office.

Since last November this comes “to typically one a fortnight” in which protestors or industrial action by militant unions in Argentine ports have disrupted vessels that make a stopover in the Falklands on their itinerary.

“Protests have included officials refusing entry to Argentine ports or delaying ships, masked militants attacking and ransacking shipping company offices in Buenos Aires and cruise schedules either altered or abandoned to appease locals”, says the Daily Mail adding that some cruise ships have cancelled visits to the Falklands because of the fallout from continuing tensions over the sovereignty dispute.

According to Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire who has condemned the intimidation and has summoned Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro to complain about these sometimes violent actions, the incidents have involved 10,000 passengers.

“The effect on so many visitors is a huge blow to the Islands’ tourist industry, based in the capital, Stanley, which is worth as much as £10million and employs a quarter of the population”.

Dick Sawle, an elected member of the Falklands Legislative Assembly has described the situation “as yet another example of a country of over 40million people attempting to bully and threaten our 3,000 people and strangle the economy of our home.

‘We regret this, and strongly encourage the tourism industry to stand firm, and not to allow themselves to be scared into assisting attempts to damage our economy in what is tantamount to an economic blockade.

‘There are countless families in the islands whose livelihoods depend on the cruise vessel industry. For over a decade we have enjoyed welcoming visitors from all over the world to see our wonderful wildlife and heritage.’

In December two cruise ships, the Seven Seas Mariner, which carries 700 passengers and the Regatta, which carries 600, cancelled visits to the Falklands because of intimidation.

The following month British cruise firm P&O announced two of its liners, Arcadia and Adonia, responded by scrapping stopovers in Argentina during their round-the-world cruises to avoid disruptions.


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1 Britworker (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:03 am Report abuse
This is last seasons news, i've not heard anything in the news here about it recently.
2 surfer (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:58 am Report abuse
Cruise ships need to avoid Argentina, this Govt. sponsored intimidation is going to get out of hand when some of these pirates try and board a British/American/European cruise ship and attack the passengers.
3 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 10:06 am Report abuse
This is old news but agree these crusie companies need to boycott Argentina and send a clear message that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable a nation of 40+ million bullying 3000 people very heroic
4 Brit Bob (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 10:10 am Report abuse
I was standing in a UK bank next to an elderly couple who were going on a cruise of SA and enquired about some Argentine Pesos. The woman behind the bank till looked puzzled so I chipped in and told them that the Arge currency was next to worthless and for them just to take dollars.

The 'Blue dollar' closed on a new record high of AR$9.40 yesterday.
The Argie economy is only going one-way.
5 Steve-33-uk (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 12:19 pm Report abuse
'31 YEARS AFTER THE SINKING OF THE CRUISER ARA GENERAL BELGRANO - Today there will be protests outside the offices of LAN asking to stop its flights to Falklands“So remember our heroes of the Cruiser General Belgrano killed by the British Empire”, indicated from resistance Falkland, who set out to pay homage to the dead “fighting the invader”...'

'Falkland Oil and Gas Limited Upgraded to Buy at Fox-Davies Capital '
6 Islander1 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
Old news but good to see it getting publicity in uk. Final Scora last summer was in our favour - we lost a few but Arg probably lost more with Punta Arenas the winner- and stands to loose a LOT more if it continues as companies have warned Arg that they could pull out of Buenos Aires and transfer cruise passenger exchanges to Montevideo or even southern Brazil.
7 Pete Bog (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
“The effect on so many visitors is a huge blow to the Islands’ tourist industry”

Let us not forget it has adversley affected Argentina's economy too as tourist ships have shunned Argentina too.
8 CJvR (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 01:46 pm Report abuse
The Cruise industry doesn't have that big margins. Convince insurance companies that the Argie government isn't trustworthy and the premiums of any ship stopping in an Argie port will go through the roof. That will do far more damage than a few cancellations ever can.
9 José Malvinero (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 03:15 pm
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10 Steve-33-uk (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 03:40 pm Report abuse
'Another sign of isolation and lawlessness -
The only war that Cristina Kirchner had not anticipated was against the UN , the most powerful organization of the international community.
Broken ties with historic and strategic allies, upon further isolation of Argentina since 1983 and out of patience in many capitals, the tough UN document on judicial reform became a paradigm and symbol. It measures the extent of loneliness and to establish to what extent is a reform that will end illegal erasing any notion of judicial independence Argentina.
Contrary to what it says and rustic furious Rebuttal of the Argentine government, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, Brazil Gabriela Knaul, proved to have studied every bill sent by the President to the Parliament domesticated . He noted, accurately, against the two major reforms: that co-opt the judiciary to the reigning political corporation which the Argentines become permanent victims of their state.
In this tragedy democratic party will come with the election of members of the Judicial Council and with the limitations of the precautionary measures that protected citizens from government decisions until the final decision of Justice....
11 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 04:38 pm Report abuse
@José Malvinero What a great description of your leader The Botox Queen that's exactly how we would describe her
12 PhraseWizard (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 04:47 pm Report abuse
Why don't the cruise lines cancel their Argentine stopovers? They are aiding and abetting Argentine criminality and petty retaliation for harm they have disillusionally imagined done them by England and the Falkland Islanders. Why reward Argentina and punish the Falklands for Argentine aggresion? (Having lived for years among that criminally-minded segment of Argentine society, and knowing many Falkland Islanders, the cruise lines might eventually find that History rubs their noses in having sided with the Argentine axis of Evil, rather than stand up for an innocent, good people.)
13 manchesterlad (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 05:25 pm Report abuse
Argentina should worry about it´s own economy first....... blue rate hits another record today 9.52/1
14 José Malvinero (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 07:28 pm Report abuse
Beautiful photograph showing Argentine sentiment.
I hope the government will listen and cancel the LAN flight. The only thing missing, have to help the garbage ENGLISH as Sawle and company. That's incredible.
15 toooldtodieyoung (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
“Argentina’s ongoing attempts to strangle the Falkland Islands economy by intimidating cruise vessels from calling at Stanley and other islands has been picked up by the Daily Mail in an article written by Ian Drury.”

Didn't he also write “Hit me with your rythum stick” ???
16 Steve-33-uk (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 07:58 pm Report abuse
'Puricelli: “The cause Malvinas just going to have an end when Argentina take final possession of the islands” - He said the defense minister, to lead a ceremony for the 31 th anniversary of the sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano , which occurred on May 2, 1982, during the South Atlantic conflict.
“The cause Malvinas is the symbol of national unity, and only going to have an end when Argentina has the final possession of the Islands,” Puricelli said to lead a ceremony for the 31st anniversary of the sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano, on 2 May 1982, during the South Atlantic conflict. within this framework, the minister said that “the government headed by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is willing to deplete resources to make the final possession of the Falkland Islands and South Atlantic Islands return to the country from which they never had to be stripped. ” Puricelli reiterated “the government's commitment to honor the national cause that all flying Argentine people” and stated that ”the efforts of the crew of the General Belgrano mobilizes Argentina to never have made ​​and adversity as we commemorate today. ” This tribute took place at the Liberty Building, home of the Navy, in the presence of the head of the Navy, Admiral VGM (Falklands War Veteran) Daniel Martin, civil and military authorities, the former crew of the cruiser General Belgrano and family...'
17 PhraseWizard (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:03 pm Report abuse
STEVE-33 desperately needs a translator. (I'm a journalist/translator and could understand nothing of any of his meandering, unfathomable blither!)
18 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:05 pm Report abuse
Why do Argentines never mention what Hector Bonzo said 2 years before his death-any argentine trolls like to comment????
19 Conqueror (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:05 pm Report abuse
@14 At what point in time did argiescum get to dictate what Chile does? British submarines. Sink every argie vessel seen. Then start the land bombardment. How about 200 first-strike cruise missiles?
20 toooldtodieyoung (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
14 José Malvinero

Understand that I fully support your right to believe what you like but please know that you are WRONG......

The FIG faults are many
But KFC has only two
And that is everything she says
and everything she does..............
21 Faz (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
Stevie, By the flying Argentine people does he mean those flung out of aeroplanes over the estuary of the River Plate, or what?
22 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
Sorry for change of subject but take a look at todays protest outside LAN office in B.A there are approx. 6 people involved WHAT A JOKE
23 ChrisR (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 08:55 pm Report abuse
22 andy65

Couldn't see Gorgeous Toni in the few misfits that turned up.

Must be cold, they were burning a flag to keep warm!

I really do hope these twats try to abuse the English Rugby fans: both sets of fans would kick the crap out of these 'veterans'.

24 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:03 pm Report abuse
Even some of the Argies in the photos were like what the F... going on here
25 Anbar (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:06 pm Report abuse
does anybody even get mildly agitated by burning flags nowadays???

Its so passe it's more of a joke than anything least be original when you are protesting... flag burning is...well.. its boring.

Then again, the guy always wears a sleeveless camo-jacket... ... “saynomore”
26 Steve-33-uk (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:07 pm Report abuse
@17 PhraseWizard
Ungrateful sod... Like I don't already do enough for this forum, trawling the web for links, now you want me to translate them word by word? Blame google translate not me.

@22 andy65
I noticed the same fat guy with the camouflage top is there again, the one that always burns the union flag, I would love to bang the fascist prick out.
27 trenchtoast (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:09 pm Report abuse
These clowns are slightly reminiscent of Citizen Smith and the Tooting popular front. I can see Citizen Toni in a few shots with a megaphone in his chubby little hands.
28 andy65 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:18 pm Report abuse
Did anyone notice the fire engine in one of the photos?? Kirchner will not be happy having that called out with cost and such
29 Faz (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:57 pm Report abuse
Is that the new Rg invasión fleet on the pavement? It's a long way to the Falklands in petrol station blow up plastic canoes!
30 ElaineB (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 09:58 pm Report abuse
@17 Hey, don't have a go at Steve-33-UK. He provides some interesting information for the board and is inoffensive with his contributions.

@22 LOL! They look like ageing hippies that have had one too many tokes.
31 Islander1 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
PhraseWizard - Cruise Ships by and large did start dropping Arg ports instead and coming to Falklands from midsummer onwards! Most of our losses from then on were actually weather- we had a lot of windy days that unfortunatley coincided with large vessel vists! The Argies claim it was politiacal all the same though!
32 Ernie4001 (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
@ 22 Seems that “clowns season” is open.
33 PhraseWizard (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 10:48 pm Report abuse
Thanks, ISLANDER1 !!!!! I didn't know that weather (an act of God, force majeur) could be hijacked so easily by Argentine inveterate liars . . . what a relief to know the truth! Of course, it's no surprise that once again those smarmy so-and-sos across the water from you have usurped a fact and put a spin on it so that the truth isn't recognizable. . . . One more thing: Sadly, the majority of Argentines I've known are good, decent, loving and sweet people. The elephant in the room is, why don't they summon the courage to unseat a dictator? And for that matter, why doesn't the U.S.A. government and the world Press see that . . . the king is naked (that CFK is evil?)
34 britanico (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 11:13 pm Report abuse
Dick Sawle may originally be from the UK, but he has Falkland Islands 'belonger' status, which is harder to get than DNI in Argentina - you get that after only two years!
35 Anbar (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 11:30 pm Report abuse
“””And for that matter, why doesn't the U.S.A. government and the world Press see that . . . the king is naked (that CFK is evil?)“””


..most dont care.

I come to this site almost daily and it never fails to amaze me at teh news covered here because it is, almost always, not recorded on any of the other regular news sites i visit ((CMM, BBC, XINHUA, Moscow TImes, RT, AJE) .... “all the fuss” you see some of the CFK supporters making on here - suggesting the perifdious British and their Anglo allies are out to get Argentina : well, honestly, it just doesnt exist outside of this website 99% of the news here just doesnt make the news around the world.

Not even the British newspaper get much interested in anything CFK says or does, Argentina isnt very newsworthy.

Sure, if she threatens the Falkland Islanders we'll bark back, but that is about it.

“News” that a LATAM country has rampant inflation and its government is lying to its citizens on how bad the economy is?

Who in Britain cares? well... about 20-30 people who post here - the rest simply couldn't give a toss.

This is, in fact, one reason why CFK & her ministers get away with so much bullshit: it just isnt worth anybody's time to point out the bullshit: she makes it for home-consumption and everybody outside of Argentina knows that.

What do most Brits know about LATAM? Brazil is the powerhousem the north west is corrupt drug lords, Chile is a great place and gives us all our winter fruit and Argentina is now, and always will be, led by corrupt self-serving Peronists..or military Juntas...often the two being indistinguishable....oh, and they will never get the Falklands thanks to 1982.

thats about it
36 Devolverislas (#) May 02nd, 2013 - 11:45 pm Report abuse
What does the Foreign Office expect? That everything in the South Atlantic proceed as normal. Only unrelenting pressure of this type, which touches the pockets of the islanders, will bring the British Government to the table to discuss sovereignty. The islanders rejected Guido di Tella's seduction in the 1990s. Now there're up against a different kettle of fish.
37 andy65 (#) May 03rd, 2013 - 12:05 am Report abuse
@Devolverislas so you think world business and organisations will put up with a jumped up European immigrant stamping and having tantrums to get her own way you really believe that???
38 PhraseWizard (#) May 03rd, 2013 - 01:02 am Report abuse
Dear 37 ANDY65 . . . In Argentina when somebody does something so outrageous that nobody in his right mind would (eyes rolling heavenward) believe it possible, the common saying oft heard is, “Only in Argentina!” (Said with sly pride!) Yes, dear heart, poor Devolverislas has clearly swallowed the Wicked Witch of the North's shrilling cry . . . to divert attention from the billions of U.S. Dollars she's carried off from Argentine citizens' coffers and stashed or invested abroad.
39 Benson (#) May 03rd, 2013 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
“What does the Foreign Office expect? That everything in the South Atlantic proceed as normal. Only unrelenting pressure of this type, which touches the pockets of the islanders, will bring the British Government to the table to discuss sovereignty. The islanders rejected Guido di Tella's seduction in the 1990s. Now there're up against a different kettle of fish.”

I'd rather be slightly poorer and cut off from South America than be Argentine. You do realise that most of the Falklands regard Argentinas efforts as irritations to be worked around, nothing more.
40 Simon68 (#) May 03rd, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
36 Devolverislas (#)
May 02nd, 2013 - 11:45 pm

“... Only unrelenting pressure of this type, which touches the pockets of the islanders, will bring the British Government to the table to discuss sovereignty...”

Since NK, and subsequently CFK, implemented the “unrelenting pressure” the GDP of the Islands has gone up 47%. It appears that we are “touching the pockets” of the Islanders in a most benign way!!!!!!!
41 malen (#) May 03rd, 2013 - 11:23 pm Report abuse
what a threat!!!
4 (four) persons behind a flag, showing the flag!!!!
42 DanyBerger (#) May 05th, 2013 - 10:50 am Report abuse

FI govt. with bad strategy and incompetence are ruining the little supermarket economy in little FI.

What can you expect from someone like “Dick” that cannot combine his pair of sock with his suit?

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