Argentine students sing Malvinas March in front of UK parliament

A TikTok viral video has shown the moment a group of Argentine students participated in a student exchange programme in the United Kingdom, assembled in front of the UK Parliament to sing the “Malvinas March”.

The song honours those who died in the Falklands War on the Argentinian side.

With their hands on their chests, the students loudly sang the song’s verses which include the line: “Malvinas, Argentine!”.

Las Malvinas is the Argentine name for the British Overseas Territory.

The video became viral on the internet, sparking strong reactions from viewers. The clip ended with a shot of Big Ben.

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Comments under the post included: “Thanks guys, you are a source of pride. Long live the homeland”, “Spectacular, guys”.

Another person wrote: “I feel so proud, in honour of those young compatriots of your age who died guarding our islands.”

Elsewhere a commenter shared: “Going to London and singing the anthem: that’s my goal.”

A declaration from an EU-Latin America summit last week referred to the South Atlantic archipelago as ”the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands.” That was hailed as a diplomatic triumph by Argentina, which has long claimed the islands.

It was seen by some in the U.K. as a snub to Britain, which left the EU in 2020 and was not at the summit to make its case.

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Rishi Sunak criticised the EU for the “regrettable choice of words” over the Falkland Islands, after the EU retracted its use of the name in the EU-CELAC summit declaration, which took place July 17-18.

His official spokesman told reporters: “The Prime Minister’s view is that it would have been entirely unacceptable for the EU to question the Falkland Islanders’ right to decide their own future.

“To be clear, the Falkland Islands are British, that was the choice of the islanders themselves.

“The EU has rightly now clarified that their position on the Falklands has not changed after their regrettable choice of words.

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“And just as a reminder, in the 2013 referendum, 99.8 per cent of islanders voted to be part of the UK family.

“It’s a position supported by international law and the UN Charter which is binding on all UN members.

“And we will continue to defend the Falklands’ right to self-determination in all international forums and have called on the EU to respect the democratic rights of the Falkland Islands.”

He added: “The concern is any suggestion that EU states would recognise Argentina’s claims on the Falklands, which they have now clarified is incorrect.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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