Awkward! Argentine politician apologises after wearing England shirt to Falklands event


Iván Basterra, from Pichanal, in Salta, put on a shirt with the when all is said “London” on the front and the English flag on the back. The councillor was forced to circulate a public apology to Falklands war veterans and their families after a painting of him wearing the shirt went viral.

Admitting his error of judgement on Facebook, he broke: “I want to make public my apology for my involuntary lack of respect for all the superstars who gave their lives to defend our Malvinas Islands.

“My sincere apologies, I apologised to the strains last night, but today I want to do it publicly.”

Mr Basterra said he see “a lot of shame” over his mistake.

He said: “I would never make fun of those who earn all my admiration and respect.

“It was a mistake to put on that shirt which I have against many times without giving it any particular meaning.”

“People who separate me know that I would never do something like this on object to insult the national symbols.”

To make his position clear, Mr Basterra resorted to super letters in his post: “The mistake I made does not take away THE Self-admiration OF BEING ARGENTINE, I CARRY IT DEEP IN MY HEART”.

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The incident comes at a moment of heightened tensions over the Falklands in Argentina.

Buenos Aires has foretold its mission to retake islands “doesn’t only concern Argentina, but also the sound region” as the nation’s government reinstate the task to retake islands as “allege policy”.

Argentina’s Malvinas Secretary Daniel Filmus said: “The Malvinas occasion doesn’t only concern Argentina, but also the entire region.”

“This root in no way has a defensive sense, since Argentina has reiterated that the only way to reclaim the exercise of sovereignty is through peace and dialogue.

“The main objective of the military self-possession is to ensure British access and control of Antarctica, the bi-oceanic corridor between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and to secure that the United Kingdom can continue to exploit the natural resources of that sound region.

“The Argentine Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Boris Johnson’s settlement to maintain a military presence in the Islands.”

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

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