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Argentine province makes it mandatory to sing a march dedicated to Malvinas Islands

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 05:35 UTC
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The song' lyrics is a setting of poem written by Carlos Obligado in 1940, that is 42 years before Argentina’s failed invasion of the Falklands. The song' lyrics is a setting of poem written by Carlos Obligado in 1940, that is 42 years before Argentina’s failed invasion of the Falklands.
“Marcha de las Malvinas” is already recognized as an “official song of the Argentine Republic” and promoted on the website of the Ministry of Education “Marcha de las Malvinas” is already recognized as an “official song of the Argentine Republic” and promoted on the website of the Ministry of Education
Lilian Guitián, who proposed the law, said it would be a good way of paying homage to the Argentine soldiers who gave their lives in the 1982 war Lilian Guitián, who proposed the law, said it would be a good way of paying homage to the Argentine soldiers who gave their lives in the 1982 war

The Argentine province of Salta has passed a law forcing people to sing a song at every public event declaring that the Falkland Islands belong to Argentina. The law will also require every state school in the province to sing the song, known as ”Lilian Guitián, alongside the national anthem.

 The song, whose lyrics speak of the British overseas territory as a “lost pearl” under a “foreign flag”, is a setting of poem written by Carlos Obligado in 1940, 42 years before Argentina’s failed invasion of the Falklands.

It is already recognized as an “official song of the Argentine Republic” and is promoted on the website of the country’s Ministry of Education, but this is the first time that it has been made obligatory.

FM Capital Salta reports that the law was approved with amendments by the province’s senate on Friday and will return to the chamber of deputies for further consideration, but the main principal of the law has already been passed.

Lilian Guitián, who proposed the law, said it showed the “importance of this subject in our society” and would be a good way of paying homage to the Argentine soldiers who gave their lives in the 1982 war with Britain over the Islands.

The legislation has not met with universal approval, however. An editorial in local news site Noticias Iruya said that the new requirement violated individual liberty and that there was no public demand for it.

The measure is the latest sign that Argentina is becoming increasingly obsessed with the Falklands. Last week, a war of words erupted between British Prime Minister and Argentine President Cristina Fernández over the status of the Falkland Islands following a “heated exchange” between Cameron and Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman at a Celac/EU leaders' summit.

“The prime minister’s response was irate, almost ill-mannered,” Cristina Fernandez said.

However, a British government spokesman claimed: “The prime minister robustly defended the Falklands and the Islanders’ right to self-determination in response the Argentine foreign minister raising the issue.”

Cameron added it was time for the Argentines to stop threatening the Falklands and the Islanders.

On 2 April 1982 Argentine forces landed in the Falklands and occupied the Islands for 74 days before they were dislodged and defeated by a British Task Force. After invading the Islands, Argentine officers had a list of names of Islanders to expel for their 'extreme radicalism' against Argentina, and also rounded up tens of farmers in Goose Green whom they locked up, in a local gym.

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  • Skip

    Fascist!

    Jun 18th, 2015 - 06:24 am 0
  • LEPRecon

    I wonder if Argentines really know just how pathetic these 'stunts' actually make them look to the world.

    They started a war, which they then lost, despite having ALL of the advantage.

    They will never get the Falklands and they know it.

    Ah, I love the smell of desperation coming from Argentina. Every time they pull a stunt like this the smell becomes more pungent, and their desperation more obvious.

    Argentina: Pathetic. Corrupt. Useless. Failing. Devolving. Finished.

    Jun 18th, 2015 - 07:08 am 0
  • Orbit

    How embarrassing. Grown men and women being forced to sing government propaganda songs. What's next, compulsory botox and personality glasses so the resemble their dear leaders?

    Jun 18th, 2015 - 07:11 am 0
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