Old Tactics

19 Dec

Yet another case of history repeating itself in the never-ending childish behaviour by Argentina over its supposed claim to the Falkland Islands.

A report in yesterday of a spanish flagged fishing vessel, the Villa Nores, attempting to sail from Montevideo to the open Atlantic but being harassed on its journey by the Argentine coast guard. After repeated questioning the coast guard vessel threatened to board the Spanish ship but was thwarted by the arrival of a Uruguay navy patrol plane which interceded and escorted the Villa Nores to international waters.

All part of Argentina’s futile attempts to blockade the Falkland Islands and attack the Islands’ economy, in this case by harassing fishing vessels operating under Falklands licences.

The tactic of intimidating craft emerging from Montevideo is not very new however.

In March of 1837, Luis Vernet tried to impede the departure of an American ship, the Elizabeth. The story behind this being that the hirer of the Elizabeth had also owned the cargo of  a ship seized by Vernet in 1832, when he claimed Governorship over the Falklands. Although Vernet had seized the vessel’s cargo of seal skins, these were subsequently ‘liberated’ by the USS Lexington, and the owners received their value. Argentina took this badly and sought to impose its authority over the River Plate.

Back then, the Elizabeth received the support of a British warship, the Fly, and so was able to make international waters.

174 years later, Argentina is still attempting to pressure its little neighbour in the vain hope of strangling the Falklands economy.





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