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The host of the popular BBC television show ‘Top Gear’ and other members of the crew have left Argentina after being pelted with rocks by people who believed one of their cars had a license plate alluding to the Falklands War.
Officials said a crowd of about 50 people began throwing rocks at the BBC group on Thursday, October 2 as they drove in a caravan under police escort to the Chilean border with Argentina’s southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego.
Host Jeremy Clarkson and the others were forced to leave the cars in an area between Tolhuin and Rio Grande. One minor injury was also reported, and images by local newspapers featured broken windows and other damage to the cars, which were taken into police custody.
The crew was using three cars, one of them a Porsche bearing the license plate “H982 FKL,” which some Argentines believed was a reference to the bloody 1982 war in which their country tried and failed to take the islands from Britain. Oscar Heredia, a spokesman for the town of Tolhuin, using the Argentine name for the islands known in English as the Falklands, said the plate caused provocation.
“The feeling over Malvinas is still very strong here. The license plate was taken as a provocation.”