Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici said that no amount of public rage will “dampen the great will which drives us to work, every moment, towards a better country”. Bonnici chose to react on Facebook to the incidents which took place Wednesday evening outside parliament. Eyewitness accounts told newsbook.com.mt that the ministerial car drove into the protesters as the minister attempted to leave parliament. People, including a policewoman were injured by the car, according to the eyewitness reports. Newsbook.com.mt requested a reaction from the minister and the police a few minutes after the incidents took place. The minister chose to answer on Facebook.
Bonnici wrote: “The banging on the car, the forced blockade, the kicks and scratches to the car, the banging on the glass with a clear intent to break the glass, the spitting, the lewd and rude language, the faces full of rage, the racing after us, the threats, all these will not dampen the great will which drives us to work, every moment, towards a better country”.
Affirming his complete loyalty to the Prime Minister whom he described as ‘extraordinary’, Bonnici thanked the police, who, he said “unfortunately were hurt in the incidents.” He thanked the Police Association for its appeal for calm and respect and for people to refrain from using the police force as a political instrument.