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Falklands government condemns cemetery desecration

Vandalism of a religious image at the Argentine war cemetery on the Falkland Islands has prompted a statement of regret from the government in Stanley.

It says: “We have been made aware of damage that has been done to the Argentine cemetery at Darwin. From what we have been told this appears to be damage to a glass screen. We understand the police are investigating what appears to be an act of vandalism.

“Clearly we condemn any action of this sort and very much regret that this might have happened. Anyone who knows anything about the cause of the damage should contact the police.

“The Families Commission has been informed and is working on the arrangements for repair.”

Picture that angered families of the fallen
War cemetery ‘sacrilege’ sparks anger in Argentina

War cemetery ‘sacrilege’ sparks anger in Argentina

A vandal on the Falkland Islands has sparked a diplomatic incident with an act of damage in Argentina’s war cemetery in the islands, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The unknown vandal smashed glass that protects a sacred Virgin statue. The blue-and-white clothing on the figure of the Virgin Mary is the only symbol of Argentine pride permitted in the islands.

Families of the Argentinians who died in the Falklands conflict in 1982 have called it an “act of sacrilege”. The news agency says the UK’s ambassador in Buenos Aires is being pressed to order an “exhaustive” investigation.

The islands’ government has condemned the attack, which is likely to attract publicity around the world because of heightened tensions over Falklands sovereignty and oil exploration rights.

Extensive coverage of an Olympic hockey match between Argentina and Britain – won by the home team – is evidence of the continuing international interest in the Falklands dispute.