Argentina “Is not Stupid”, says Kirchner

28 Jun

Argentina’s President, Cristina Kirchner, has warned her country’s Olympic team to be wary of British provocation while they are in London next month.

Speaking in light of recent events in relation to the Falkland Islands, Kirchner said; “Go and represent your country on English soil with great pride and with more caution than ever. If somebody out there makes you angry, stay calm. Show an example of what it is to be an Argentinean representing your country. Represent your country on English soil with great pride and with more caution than ever. They are hoping we do something stupid, so they can discredit us. We are not stupid, we don’t need to use sport to stand up for our rights. We’ll defend our rights in appropriate forums, like the UN.”

Kirchner’s policy in recent years has been to raise the issue of Argentina’s sovereignty claim over the British Overseas Territory at every opportunity. She recently attended the United Nation’s Decolonization Committee hearings in an unprecedented move for a head of state and has praised an Olympic advert showing an athlete training on war memorials in the Falkland Islands.  There was a suggestion that the Olympic team’s kit would promote their claim to the Falklands but Argentina has been warned about such displays at the non-political event by the IOC.

Argentina has a long history of making silly gestures in an attempt to advertise its claim, including aircraft landing at Stanley racecourse, a hijacking and even tourists to the Islands wrapping Argentina’s national flag around themselves. The Falklands have been claimed by Britain since 1765. Argentina claims to have inherited them from Spain.

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8 Responses to “Argentina “Is not Stupid”, says Kirchner”

  1. Derek Mills June 28, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    The hijacking of an Aerolineas Argentinas DC4 which landed at Stanley racecourse (as there was no airport at the time) was a single incident. It was carried out by “extremists”. Although it may well have since been sanctioned by later governments, it was not at the time a gesture openly backed by the Argentine government.

    • lordton1955 June 28, 2012 at 3:51 am #

      1964 – September 8th, an Argentine civilian, Miguel Fitzgerald, lands a Cessna light aircraft at Port Stanley, plants an Argentine flag in the ground, hands a proclamation to a confused bystander, and takes off again. The Argentine Government publicly dissociate themselves from this incident.

      1968 – December , In a publicity stunt paid for by an Argentine newspaper, Miguel Fitzgerald, attempts to repeat his 1964 landing of a Cessna aircraft at Stanley Racecourse. Frustrated by obstructions on the track, he crash lands in Eliza Cove Road. Fitzgerald is unhurt.

  2. Phil Foster June 28, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Argentina is not stupid I agree. Malvinistas are stupid.

  3. Justin June 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    On what basis do you claim the DC-4 incident did not receive tacit approval at the time, the sentences were laughably short and they unveiled a memorial to the stunt in BA less than 2 years later. The present lunatic in charge granted state pensions to all the survivors of that stunt.

    • Derek Mills June 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

      I did say “openly backed” it obviously had tacit approval but nothing like the current backing for the training adverts. I must admit to forgetting about the first Fitzgerald incident, I am unsure where he landed. Please forgive me as I was only 4yo at the time. I do remember the other 2 incidents well and visited both aircraft.

      @ lordton1955 For those not familiar with the surroundings, the term “Road” was applied rather loosely to this thorofare which was then little more than a formed cart track with a layer of small stones and full of pot holes. Certainly not somewhere one would choose to land a light aircraft – there were few other choices available to Fitzgerald.

      • lordton1955 June 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

        I live in Thailand – you want to see what ‘road’ can mean around here 🙂

  4. Stan Squires July 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    I am from vancouver,canada and i wanted to say that the athletes from Argentine are going to the olympics in an imperialist country.The people of England should support the right of Argentine to the Malvinas.No one should support imperialism.I don’t support what the canadian gov.is doing in support of Nato.The working class of both England and Argentine should condemn the gov. of England for its reactionary attitude towards .Argentine.

    • lordton1955 July 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      Argentina has no right to the Falkland islands. Not historically, not legally. Imperialism has nothing to do with it.

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