Watch: “This is the square where our fight for freedom starts”

Alessandre Dee Crespo

Hundreds of activists turned up in Valletta for the 11th commemoration since the assassination of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. After the final speech by independent journalist and blogger Manuel Delia, the gathered activists shouted “Justice”.

This is the line in the sand – Manuel Delia

In his speech Manuel Delia recounted all the controversies surrounding the memorial which the activists were put through as their banner was removed by the Public Cleansing Department. He described that the line in the sand had been drawn and the memorial was the place from where the battle for freedom started. Referencing Ranier Fsadni’s opinion piece, he urged the activists to keep holding up the fight for justice and freedom of expression. Manuel asserted that the Great Siege Square is the square where the fight for freedom starts. He also told those present, that this was the way in which the activists manifest their anger at the lack of justice.

“The flickering candle’s flame symbolise the flame for justice”

Activist Jeremy Gingell reminded those present that threats and insults would not deter them from keeping up the fight. He told the activists that they would not be disheartened when such occurrences take place. Gingell repeated what activists have been repeatedly told, that if they would like to pay their respects they should go to visit the burial site, Gingell then pointed out that the flickering candles symbolise the flame ignited in the activists heart to fight injustice.

Despite Daphne not being here, her ideals became ours

Marion Pace Axiaq was with Daphne Caruana Galizia when she was harassed by Zurrieq mayor while with friends. She remembered how Daphne had responded to the attempted intimidation with silence and determined to be intimidated. Pace Axiaq pointed out how on Woman’s Day the women rights organisation had left out the brutal assassination of the journalist from their program of activities. Referencing Italian anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano’s words on Rai 3, she told those present that like Saviano said, when a journalist is killed, there is a risk that the readers die with the journalist. It was in this spirit that Pace Axiaq told those present that it was their duty to keep alive her readers. She then went on to tell those present that, despite Daphne was assassinated, her ideals now became the ideals of those present and these could not be killed.

Activist and student Thomas Cassar Ruggier said that he was not a close follower of Caruana Galizia’s work, he cherished the values she lived and died for. Activist Joanna Agius on behalf of Occupy Justice, asked where was the Opposition in all this urging them to wake up before it was too late.

Newsbook.com.mt was LIVE from Valletta broadcasting the 11th vigil marking the assassination of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, where activists from Occupy Justice and other activists have spent the night guarding the banner against its removal.

Xandira LIVE mill-velja tal-ġurnalista assassinata Daphne Caruana Galizia

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Xandira LIVE mill-velja tal-ġurnalista assassinata Daphne Caruana Galizia

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Xandira LIVE mill-velja tal-ġurnalista assassinata Daphne Caruana Galizia

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Xandira LIVE mill-velja tal-ġurnalista assassinata Daphne Caruana Galizia

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Sunday, September 16, 2018

 


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