As the 30th anniversary of the Falkland Island War approaches, nationalistic tensions are bubbling in Argentina. And like many aspects of Argentine culture, the protests are fueled by music – plus a few squirts of lighter fluid.
In recent months, the UK has been forced to respond to repeated provocations from Argentina, which claims the islands it calls Las Malvinas as its sovereign territory.
These protests are the latest skirmish in a territorial dispute that began 180 years ago, when the then British Empire ousted Argentina from the Falkland Islands. The two nations fought a brief and brutal war over Las Malvinas in 1982, and tensions have been rising as the war’s anniversary approaches.
Argentine President Christina Fernandez is cooling her rhetoric, but nationalistic protests in Argentina are heating up, with mobs of protestors attacking British-owned establishments. In this video, masked protesters target a British bank. And in the video below, protestors drum and sing as they burn tires outside of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
In January, the Argentine government encouraged its fishermen to catch as many squid as possible, which would stunt the lucrative Falkland squid fishery. And this week, Argentina denied two British cruise ships from docking in the country, and the Argentine Industry Minister called for a boycott on British goods.
While President Fernandez calls for a negotiation over the island’s sovereignty, the UK has no intentions to strike a deal. Meanwhile, on the streets of Argentina, the band plays on. Too bad the UK and Argentina can’t tango like this couple on the street in Buenos Aires…