Falklands : Falklands’ Officials Disappointed at Argentine Olympic Advert
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 05.05.2012 (Article Archived on 02.06.2012)
The Hon Mr Ian Hansen, MLA has stated that Members of Legislative Assembly very disappointed to see the advert from the Argentine Presidential Office, attempting to politicise the Olympics in service of their territorial ambitions.
Falklands’ Officials Disappointed at Argentine Olympic Advert
An Editorial by J. Brock (FINN)
The Hon Mr Ian Hansen, MLA has stated that Members of Legislative Assembly very disappointed 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. However, this isn’t the first time a secretive film was shot without authorisation.
Mr Zylberberg was filmed doing step-ups at the 1914 war memorial; seen as insensitive especially in this anniversary year, illustrating 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. This is in contrast to the earlier unauthorised film that depicted Falkland Islanders in a negative light.
“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,” said Mr Hansen.
Falkland Islanders determine their own future, and 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. However, we should have expected it because this kind of disrespect has been filmed here before.