May 20, 2013
Member of Malvinas Legislative Assembly reacts to Olympics spot: 'We'll not be bullied by the Argentine gov't'
Ian Hansen, member of Malvinas Islands' Legislative Assembly, came on stage today after the government launched a controversial spot showing an Argentine athlete training for the London Olympic Games in Puerto Argentino, in the Islands.
The spot ends with the slogan: "To compete in English soil, we train in Argentine soil."
Hansen said today Argentina was trying "to politicise the Olympics in service of their territorial ambitions" adding "this video was filmed without the knowledge of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands authorities."
"Sadly, this illustrates the disrespect the Argentine authorities have for our home and our people," he stressed. "We 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," he added.