Watch: Vigil demanding justice returns after brief hiatus

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

After a temporary break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people have once more gathered in Great Siege Square on the 16th of the month to demand justice for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

This evening, anti-corruption activists marked 32 months since Caruana Galizia was assassinated through a car bomb just outside her family home. As a precaution, those attending the vigil were asked to wear visors or masks and to observe social distancing rules.

The vigil was organised by civil society NGOs Repubblika and Occupy Justice, and the crowd was addressed by Alessandra Dee Crespo, Andre Delicata, Bernard Grech and Vicki Ann Cremona.

Fearne, heal your party

In his speech, Grech, a lawyer and PN activist, appealed directly to Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne, urging him to free his party from being controlled by a ‘web of criminals’ in favour of its socialist supporters.

Grech said that almost no one doubted that criminals had seized control of the party to enrich themselves, stating that Caruana Galizia had recognised this long before many even suspected it. He also said that it was evident why the “Joseph Muscat clique” saw to it that Fearne did not succeed him as Prime Minister, as it was clear that he was ready to take decisive action.

Malta needed to heal, Grech said, and to do so, the “resignation or pretend resignation of criminals who have no other option left,” was not enough. It was evident that a “weak Prime Minister” could not give the public the peace of mind that the investigations required could take place freely, he added.

Grech then made his appeal to Fearne “as the Deputy Prime Minister, as the person who wished to be Prime Minister but was not allowed to be, as the Health Minister who ensured all necessary measures were taken to combat the pandemic that has wreaked havoc in Malta and across the globe.”

“How can you leave the Labour Party you love in the hands of criminals? How can you look in the eyes of Labourites who believed that you and your party could make Malta a better place,” he asked, before appealing to Fearne to do all that he could to end this state of affairs.

Corruption ‘a virus which needs to be stopped’

On Monday night, Occupy Justice activists unfurled a banner outside the Office of the Prime Minister in which they described corruption as a virus which needs to be stopped.

In May, the activists marked the 31 months by holding separate events online.

Earlier activists affixed a banner of former police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar outside the Courts.

Posted by Repubblika on Tuesday, June 16, 2020