Muscat criticises Police excessive use of force as “heavy-handedness”

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In comments given to the media on Friday morning, the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat described the excessive force used by the Police on the activists protesting outside the Planning Authority on 13 September as “heavy handed”. The Prime Minister criticized the police officers who manhandled the activists who were protesting again yet another fuel station application. Muscat’s reaction was reported by Lovin Malta.

On Thursday morning activists from Moviment Graffiti and Kamp Emerġenza Ambjent protested against the a proposed fuel station at Żejtun which would have seen agricultural land taken up. Members of the Malta Police Force including members of the Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) dragged the activists out of the Planning Authority premises. The application was eventually turned down.

Parliamentary Questions filed on the incident

Nationalist Member of Parliament Karol Aquilina filed in two parliamentary questions on the incident directed to the Interior Minister Michael Farrugia.

Aquilina asked who gave the police orders to remove the activists from the premises using force and whether any disciplinary actions will be taken against the Police including the members of the RIU for using excessive force against the activist which the Prime Minister himself described as “heavy handed”.

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Posted by Karol Aquilina on Friday, September 14, 2018