Argentines burn Union Jack in protest against UK military exercise in the Falkland Islands
Left organizations were collectively demonstrated in front of the British embassy in Buenos Aires against military exercise, which the nation is carrying out in the disputed Falkland Islands.
Protesters waved the Argentine flags depicted with the nationalist group’s name and slogan. They also slammed the government’s pursuit of closer ties with the United Kingdom. A protest note was also handed to British ambassador Mark Kent in Buenos Aires.
Argentine officials have attempted to block the British military tests in the Falkland Islands, claiming they are illegal.
UK troops have been moved into the Falklands on Wednesday for “exercises with Rapier missiles”. Meanwhile, Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra claimed the drills caused “deep anxiety” in the Argentine government.
The protesters claimed the war games amounted to “a NATO exercise on occupied territory, which is not only an affront to Argentine sovereignty but an act of aggression against all” of Latin America, Facundo Escobar, leader of Quebracho – an umbrella group of organizations basically rabidly nationalistic and Marxist. Argentina claims sovereignty over the South Atlantic Islands which are a British Overseas Territory.
Last week, Argentine government complained to the U.N. secretary general’s office about the exercises, including the launching of Rapier missiles, which began this week and are to last until Oct. 28.
Since Macri took office in December 2015, the two countries have taken some steps to improve relations that had deteriorated under the populist administrations of Nestor Kirchner, (2003 to 2007), and his wife Cristina Fernandez, (2007 to 2015).