#Reżistenza activists have placed a banner reading “Minister of Censorship” accompanied by a photo of Justice Minister Owen Bonnici over the newly laid out second hoarding. On Wednesday, a second barrier was set up which effectively blocking activists from using the area around the Great Siege Monument as a makeshift memorial to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
In a statement, the activist group said that Bonnici was ‘clearly abusing’ the power entrusted to him by the people when insisting to suppress genuine calls for justice. They also described his “obsession to suppress legitimate calls” as having given rise to the Minotaur’s labyrinth. #Reżistenza noted in their statement that despite the Minister frequently pronounced himself against censorship, in their understanding he did not hesitate to place a second hoarding allowing free protest.
Furthermore the activists noted how the “restoration” took place in the middle of the year during which Valletta is the European Capital of Culture. Referring to Bonnici’s statements in the media where he reportedly said that activists would no longer be ‘allowed’ to place flowers and candles in the area, #Reżistenza retorted by saying that their fundamental rights were not his to grant or withdraw, sending the Minister back to his University notes.
The statement concluded by describing the hoarding as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘abusive’ measure, which would be acceptable in Putin’s Russia.