Daphne’s memorial cleaned by govt workers

Updated 05:57 PM
Photo: Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Government workers have cleaned Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memorial in Valletta. It was covered with red liquid and eggs.

Posting on twitter Minister Herrera has deplored this act of vandalism and on Facebook also the Leader of the Opposition has deplored this act. The makeshift memorial set up by anti-corruption activists demanding justice for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been vandalised by unknown individuals during the night.

The makeshift memorial set up by anti-corruption activists demanding justice for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been vandalised by unknown individuals during the night.

Pressure group Occupy Justice uploaded photos on Facebook which show a red liquid and eggs covering the photos of the slain journalist, found by one of the activists who went to replenish the protest memorial on Tuesday morning. The red liquid thought to be some type of tomato sauce was placed to resemble blood.

In its Facebook post, Occupy Justice asked who were the vandals now, pointing out that after 28 months of demanding justice and being accused of vandalising the memorial with flowers and candles, the activists woke up to find the protest site in that state.

We have been protesting for 28 months, accused of vandalising the memorial with our flowers and candles . People were…

Posted by Occupy Justice Malta on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The monument has been a battleground for the government and anti-corruption activists for a number of months until Prime Minister Abela announced that he had instructed the workers not to remove items related to the protest on 16 January.

In court it had transpired that the removal of the protest memorial was on orders by the then Culture Minister Owen Bonnici himself.

The monument had undergone unannounced restoration works when Valletta held the title as Capital of Culture in 2018. Attempts to obtain a copy of the restoration method statement by this newsroom proved futile, despite requesting it multiple times.

On Wednesday, anti-corruption activists are expected to take to the streets demanding justice and accountability. On Monday, a motion was moved to name disgraced former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi as head of the Maltese delegation to the OSCE. The move was revoked within hours amid widespread anger and calls for protest.

Local newspaper, the Times of Malta, also revealed that Mizzi was awarded a lucrative consultancy contract for €80,000 with Malta Tourism Authority, two weeks after he resigned as minister after the arrest of Electrogas director and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech in connection to Caruana Galizia’s murder. There was no Tourism Minister at the time when Mizzi was awarded the contract.

Instructions to rescind the contract were issued on Tuesday afternoon. The move was announced by the Tourism Ministry after it sought legal advice.