60 migrants arrested after Ħal Far protest

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

60 out of the 300 migrants who allegedly took part in the Ħal Far disturbance last night have been arrested, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia said. Initially it was reported that some 1,000 migrants had participated in the “riot”.

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In a statement the government said that a migrant who tried to enter the Ħal Far Tent Village drunk, was stopped by the security.

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Only a fraction of the number of migrants hosted at Ħal Far Tent Village were involved in the “riot”, the government statement reads. It explained that a considerable number of migrants had instigated the riot, and the total of migrants involved was around 300 people.

The Ministry for Home Affairs thanked the staff at the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers and the officials who were deployed at Ħal Far for their work. The ministry also expressed its solidarity.

Earlier during the day, staff employed at the open centre staged a protest in front of the Office of the Prime Minister. The Ministry reacted by saying that over the past two years their working conditions have been improved, reminding that a new collective agreement has been signed. The ministry also invested in more human resources, the government added.

A meeting between General Workers’ Union, the administration of AWAS and the Home Affairs Ministry will be held on Tuesday to discuss the specifics.

On Monday, the court declared that beyond ten weeks detention ‘on medical grounds’ is unlawful.