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Falkland Islands: Reaction to Argentine Olympic Advert

Thursday, May 3rd 2012 - 13:38 UTC
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Hon. Ian Hansen, MLA Hon. Ian Hansen, MLA

We were very disappointed this morning to see the advert from the Argentine Presidential Office, attempting to politicise the Olympics in service of their territorial ambitions. This video was filmed without the knowledge of the Falkland Islands authorities.

It is deeply sad to see Mr Zylberberg clambering over a war memorial, especially in this anniversary year. Sadly, this illustrates the disrespect the Argentine authorities have for our home and our people. Unsurprisingly, at no stage does the video feature any Falkland Islanders – a clear reflection of Argentina’s policy, which is to pretend that the people of the Falkland Islands do not exist. It is time the world took note – we do exist, and as with all people we have rights, which the Argentine Government is trying to deny us. We are our own people, who through nine generations have lived and worked in these islands for nearly 200 years.

We determine our own future, and we will not be bullied by the Argentine Government, neither by their attempts to undermine our economy, nor by their constant misrepresentation of the truth, nor by pieces of cheap and disrespectful propaganda such as this. It is hugely disappointing to see sport abused in this way, when it is so often seen as a vehicle for unity. It seems an act of desperation to sink to this.

Hon. Ian Hansen
Member of the Legislative Assembly

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  • LEPRecon

    Hon. Ian Hansen MLA - a well written and dignified piece that shows the Argentinian government up for what they are.

    Sir, show them the true way a politician should act, with dignity and respect.

    The Falklands for the Falkland Islanders forever.

    May 03rd, 2012 - 01:54 pm 0
  • Musky

    This behaviour is clear breach of the Olympic Charter. If Argentina is so against the Falklands and so very anti-British it should not attend the Olympics.

    May 03rd, 2012 - 02:01 pm 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    This video features no Islanders, just as the video before also from the Argsoc Ministry of Truth ( shows no islanders of British Origin. Instead it shows islands completely vacated of anyone seemingly British, and replaced with Argentines. The advertising agency's clear messaging around ethnic cleansing is clear. I guess this is a part of what the spirit of the Olympics is for your average Argentine.

    Give arg-peace and Ethnic Cleansing a chance? (answer: no)

    May 03rd, 2012 - 02:02 pm 0
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