Friday, February 3, 2012

Argentineans protest arrival of Prince Williams on Malvinas

Britain's Prince William

Source: Press TV

Demonstrators take to the streets of Argentina's capital to protest the arrival of Britain's Prince William on the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.

Hundreds of angry protesters gathered in front of the HSBC Bank branch in the capital Buenos Aires on Thursday, throwing objects at British bank to show their fury at Prince's presence on the archipelago.

Earlier in the day, a group calling itself Quebracho, also staged a march in the city and demanded that their government cut trade links with Britain.

Esteche Fernando, the leader of the group, accused the UK of "imperialism," saying, "This sort of reigniting of the Malvinas dispute is more about hiding the financial crisis and economic suffering."

Britain's Duke of Cambridge arrived in Malvinas Islands for a six-week deployment as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot.

His deployment came as a war of words with Argentina over the territory intensified.

Buenos Aires government is furious that the Prince has been sent to the islands as the 30th anniversary of the 1982 was between Argentina and Britain nears.

"The Argentinean people regret that the royal heir is coming to the soil of the homeland with the uniform of the conqueror and not with the wisdom of a statesman who works in the service of peace and dialogue between nations," Argentine foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Moreover, British Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it will send its most advanced warship, destroyer HMS Dauntless, to the islands.

Britain and Argentina fought a 74-day bloody war in 1982 over the islands which ended with the British side claiming victory over Argentineans.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated since 2010 when London authorized oil prospecting around the islands.

Malvinas Islands, located about 485 kilometers off Argentina's coast, has been "occupied" by Britain for over 180 years.

However, Buenos Aires claims sovereignty over the territory as it controlled the islands prior to its colonization by the British.

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