Iván Basterra from Pichanal in Salta donned a T-shirt with the word “London” on the front and the English flag on the back. The city council was forced to publicly apologize to the Falklands War Veterans and their families after a photo of him in the jersey went viral.
Admitting his error of judgment on Facebook, he said: “I want to make public my apologies for my inadvertent disrespect to all the heroes who gave their lives in defense of our Falkland Islands.
“I sincerely apologize, I apologized to the families last night, but today I want to make it public.”
Basterra said he was “very ashamed” of his mistake.
He said: “I would never make fun of those who deserve all my admiration and respect.
“It was a mistake to put on this shirt, which I wore a lot without giving it a special meaning.”
“People who know me know that I would never do something like this on purpose to offend national symbols.”
To clarify his position, Mr. Basterra used capital letters in his contribution: “The mistake I made does not take away the pride of being ARGENTINIAN. I carry it in the depths of my heart ».
READ MORE: Falkland Islands: Argentina makes the mission of recovering the “state policy” of the islands.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tension over the Falkland Islands, Argentina.
Buenos Aires said that its mission to retake the islands “affects not only Argentina but the entire region,” since the nation’s government reintroduces the task of retaking the islands as a “state policy.”
The Argentine secretary of Malvinas, Daniel Filmus, said: “The Malvinas issue affects not only Argentina, but the entire region.”
“This base is in no way defensive, as Argentina has reiterated that the only way to reestablish the exercise of sovereignty is through peace and dialogue.
‘The main objective of the military presence is to ensure British access and control of Antarctica, the bi-oceanic corridor between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and to ensure that the United Kingdom can continue to exploit the natural resources of this entire region.
“The Argentine State Department strongly condemned Boris Johnson’s decision to maintain a military presence on the islands.”
(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)
“Player. Foodie. Travel geek. Guru of social networks. Communicator. Writer. Pop culture nerd.