Firebombs were thrown and water cannons were pulled out during a protest yesterday in Buenos Aires to mark 30 years since the Falklands/Malvinas war.
Protestors burnt flags and an effigy of Price William outside the British Embassy in Recoleta.
The march turned violent after protesters clashed with riot police who were guarding the embassy. Some demonstrators threw motlov cocktails and stones at police, who in response sprayed the crowd with water cannon.
At least four policemen were injured.
It was reported in several publications that hundreds of members of the left-leaning groups Quebracho, Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR), and the Popular Student and Anti-imperialist (CEPA) movement were involved. Today, a spokesman from Quebracho denied their involvement in the protest.
“We did not participate in the violence yesterday,” Quebracho leader Fernando Esteche told Página 12. “Another time we participated in a similar way, with popular fellow militants, but yesterday we did not. If we wanted to, we would have done it.”
This morning British Prime Minister David Cameron commented on the incident in a statement released by the British Foreign Ministry.
“We hope that the Argentine Government continue to meet these obligations under the convention and apply the law against any protester who participate in criminal acts,” he said.