Most probably this cruise season 2012/2013 will be remembered not for the record number of calls or visitors (estimated in half a million) but as a new case of Argentine intolerance with the Malvinas Islands in centre stage, writes La Nacion columnist Emiliano Galli.
Maritime agencies which render operational services to the cruise companies (they don’t sell tickets but rather are in charge of all the paper work to dock and leave Argentine ports), which also call in the Falkland Islands have been taken hostage by radical groups such as Malvinas Resistance and Quebracho, among others. This has meant that the Aida cruises will not be returning to Argentina this season but will continue calling in Malvinas.
These radical groups put pressure to impede cruise vessels from calling in Argentine ports if they also include in their itinerary the Falklands/Malvinas (and if their flag, agency or company have any kind of links with the UK), with pickets when passengers disembark, distributing pamphlets and even delaying tug operations.
But Galli also points out that something happened last week, because none other than the ‘Star Princess’ and ‘Seabourn Sojourn’ called in Ushuaia, where the controversial Gaucho Rivero Law is prevalent and which refers to a docking and service ban in Tierra del Fuego province for any vessel of UK or convenience flag involved in logistics and support operations related to natural resources exploration or exploitation (oil industry) in the Malvinas Islands basin.
In effect and according to columnist Galli contrary to a year ago and recent events this last week, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands governor Fabiana Rios allowed the cruise vessels to dock undisturbed.
“The only possible explanation is that she was clearly instructed” and this could only come directly from Government House (Casa Rosada) since Governor Rios is not only a close ally of President Cristina Fernandez but is also highly dependent on the federal cheque and generous legislation for companies to invest and develop the region.
This however did not impede that visitors landing last Friday in the port of Buenos Aires were exposed to pamphlets from the radical group Malvinas Resistance with diatribes such as “The empire is making use of you as shock troops” and “At some time you will clash with our shock troops”.
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No matter what your opinion on the Falklands case, these people smashed up a private business premises. It wouldn't take two minutes to figure out exactly who they were and arrest them. The fact that nothing's been done only shows that the Casa Rosada doesn't care and in effect approves of this sort of behaviour.Jan 09th, 2013 - 05:48 am 0
I'm also surprised that these people are allowed anywhere near the ships docking, aren't ports supposed to be secured areas?
These groups, they are just poor 'brain-washed' simpletons.Jan 09th, 2013 - 06:10 am 0
However, one should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.
2 Escoses DoidoJan 09th, 2013 - 07:12 am 0
How true your words are.
To see this saying in action one need only look as far as the present coalition government in the UK.