Ħal Safi protest: ‘Most immigrants abided by instructions’ – Govt

    Miguela Xuereb

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Minister for Home Affairs Michael Farrugia stated that during yesterday’s protest at Ħal Safi’s detention centre, most immigrants abided by the instructions given to them.

    In a statement, the Minister added that although some instances turned violent, the start of the protest was rather peaceful. He explained that security officers controlled the situation, and that the Police are investigating the case.

    In another statement, Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) stated that Minister Farrugia had insisted that all the countries which were required to relocate the immigrants who disembarked in Malta had already done so.

    Newsbook.com.mt received PN’s statement first.

    “While PN condemns every form of violence, it expresses its full solidarity with the detention officers, the police officers and the soldiers which were in these difficult circumstances. Violence doesn’t get us anywhere.”

    According to the Ministry, there are immigrants in the Initial Reception centre waiting to be relocated to other counties.

    PN stated that Government has several obligations in these circumstances. It added that instead of hiding its position, Government should be transparent.