Argentina to Protest about the Falklands during Olympics

24 Jun

According to articles in a number of British newspapers today, the Foreign Office has received intelligence that Argentina may attempt to use the Olympic Games to promote their dubious claims to the Falkland Islands.

The British Foreign Office has sought assurances from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has offered reassurances that the Olympics are purely for sport and that no political gesture will be tolerated. There are some 140 Argentine athletes attending the Games in London next month, and their official kit is already rumoured to have a reference to the British archipelago sown onto it.

Earlier in the year the IOC warned Argentina about its behaviour when a short video was produced featuring a member of their Olympic Hockey team exercising ona War Memorial situated in the Falklands, which are called the Malvinas in Argentina. Fernando Zylberberg has since been dropped from the team.

A spokesman from Foreign Office said; “The athletes will not be able to wear Malvinas T-shirts, but we can’t stop everything, particularly what goes on outside the stadium,” referring to a suggestion that demonstrators may be headed to London.

Argentina is inclined to make gestures at every available opportunity following instruction from the President, Cristina Fernandez, that the issue should be raised at every forum. The Falklands have been claimed by Britain since 1765. Argentina did not exist as a nation until 1816.

6 Responses to “Argentina to Protest about the Falklands during Olympics”

  1. John Newcomb June 25, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    At the end of their play (if defeated), or on the medals podium (if winner), Argentine Olympics players could wear pro-Malvinas gear if they wish to only risk censure by the IOC, especially if this is likely to be their last Games participation anyway.

    Any problems they might incur from the IOC rules would pale before the delirious rapture lauding them by Argentine television audiences, CFK, and their tercermundista hand-maidens around the world.

    That said, nothing to stop the audience from wearing their pro-Malvinas gear, in which case, it should not be a problem either for those wishing to make a statement supporting the Falkland Islands’ self-determination to likewise express their opinion.

    If anybody wants to print up some tee-shirts with a pro-Falkland Islands logo, you’re welcome to use my design: http://goo.gl/RDXkB

    Or download a red-coloured Falkland Islands map and digitally draw your own wording to send to a local tee-shirt stamping firm: http://goo.gl/jM2kR

    Here is one London company that does tee-shirt printing:
    http://iconprinting.com/static.php?PageID=9

    • Phil June 26, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      Not really true John, objects or clothing bearing political slogans are restricted items at all Games venues. So security could and should prevent them being taken into venues.

      • John Newcomb June 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

        Thanks Phil. Fair enough that if audience pro-Falklands teeshirts would be prohibited so would the pro-Malvinista stuff too.

  2. Joe Thorpe June 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    The BBC will be the broadcaster, simple solution is to pixilate the Argentines flags & political motivated banners so that not only does the UK not have to view their antics but neither does the rest or the world or indeed Agentina itself. If Argentina wants a feed for their own internal consumption they should pay the BBC on a pro forma basis because they wont see a penny for their troubles if they invoice after the event. Customs at Heathrow should seize all broadcasting equipment from any Argentine source using the same draconian measures they are using to prevent advertising from erroneous sources around Olympic venues & if they use a helecopter then thats why we have fighter jets & anti aircraft missiles stacked up & ready to go all over the city!

    • John Welsh June 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Your suggestion for the BBC to pixilate any political symbol is a very good idea. The sad thing is that the BBC would only screw it up somehow, or would be accused of being politically biased, therefore damaging it’s middle of the road image.
      Personally i would fight fire with fire.

      Let them wear their T shirts, let them have their ‘Malvinas’ on their athletics kits. Encourage them to bring the issue to the world forum, a final conclusion.

      At the same time though, our own government must allow British people to support our fellow British people who reside on the Falklands.

      Either political statements, symbols and protests are allowed for all, or banned for all.

      Either way the British people support our Governments efforts and promises towards the Falklands.
      The Islanders can sleep well in their beds, and if the Argentine Government do decide to disrupt the Olympic games, then the focus of the world’s media will point directly into their own backyard

      I wonder if Kirchner is ready for world scrutiny?

  3. Starwalker June 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Interesting to learn from you that Cristina Fenandez has instructed that the Falklands Islands issue is to be raised at every forum. You can see the result on completely unrelated different interest forums all over the web. If there isn’t a link, one will be found by the contributing Argentinian. And they’ll invent a character that fits each particular forum. If you look around the web, you’ll find the policy in action, often to the bemusement of those who’ve used these forums for years.

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