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Falkland Islands Government Condemns Intimidation of Cruise Vessel Operators

The Falkland Islands Government utterly condemns the violent act of intimidation carried out by the Quebracho Militant Group against the offices of the Argentine Shipping Service last week.  It appears this attack was carried out in protest over the company’s involvement in servicing cruise ships that visit both the Falklands and Argentina.  Sadly, this act has apparently resulted in at least one cruise ship operator cancelling their operations in the Falkland Islands.

This is yet another example of a country of over forty million people attempting to bully and threaten our three thousand people and strangle the economy of our home.  We regret this, and strongly encourage the tourism industry to stand firm, and not to allow themselves to be scared into assisting attempts to damage our economy in what is tantamount to an economic blockade.  There are countless families in the Islands whose livelihoods depend on the cruise vessel industry, and for over a decade we have enjoyed welcoming visitors from all over the world to see our wonderful wildlife and heritage.

The Falkland Islands is a spectacular tourism destination, and is a fantastic place to do business.  We enjoy a warm relationship with the tourism industry, and look forward to continuing to work with vessel operators long into the future.

Honourable Dick Sawle MLA

On behalf of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands

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