Argentina still crying

Falklands dispute: Argentine union to boycott UK ships

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn weighed into the dispute after meeting Argentina's president

Argentina’s transport workers’ union says it will boycott ships flying the British flag because of the dispute over the Falkland Islands.

The union – which includes dock workers – said the measure would apply to all UK vessels reaching Argentina.

It is not clear how much impact the boycott will have.

Tension between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands has been rising in recent months as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war approaches.

“We have resolved to boycott any ship with the British flag, or with the lying and invented flag of the Falklands, or with any flag of convenience which the British pirates use,” the Argentine Confederation of Transport Workers said in a statement….

Actor intervenes

The latest figure to back the Argentine cause is the Hollywood actor and activist Sean Penn.

After meeting Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires, he urged the UK to join talks on the dispute.

“I think that the world today is not going to tolerate any kind of ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology,” the Oscar-winning actor said.

His intervention has caused bemusement among the islanders.

“Ha Ha if Penn supported UK Brits would probably ask what gives an actor the right to have an opinion on the Falklands?” Lisa Watson, editor of the Falklands newspaper the Penguin News wrote on Twitter.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Clearly Argentina is attempting to inflame the situation with false accusations and name calling.

The whole point is not about sovereignty, it is about protecting the rights of the Falklanders.

Argentina is not paying heed to the Falklanders or their destiny, and doesn’t care about anything but the oil. Britain on the other hand wants the Falklanders to be in charge of their own destiny, of course, that is not to say the oil is also an issue.

As for Sean Penn, he should stick his beaky nose in matters that he knows about. He’s never been to the Falklands, so WTF does he know? He has obviously discussed the matter the the Argentinians, has he ever done so with the British? I think not.

As for his equally ludicrous statement “ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology,” then maybe the USA should be given back to Britain.

Maybe if Argentina stopped its Bolshy claim to the Falklands, Britain would in fact be open to dialogue; but while Argentina is categoric about their sovereignty over the islands, then I think the British will stay away from the table. The Argentinians have made it clear they want the Falklands and nothing will change their bloody-minded opinion.

Penn has done nothing but inflame the issue, empowering the Argentinians.

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