Removal of items from Caruana Galizia memorial, ‘wanton vandalism’, ‘hatred of democracy’ – Repubblika

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The rule of law NGO Repubblika has called the removal of posters and images of Daphne Caruana Galizia from the Great Siege Square memorial, an act of vandalism and ‘an act of uncompromising hatred of democracy.’

Repubblika makes the statements following images received showing a group of private citizens at the memorial, removing the items which had been placed there during last night’s vigil and during previous ones.

They state that the, ‘vandals mocked, destroyed and trashed photographs of Daphne Caruana Galizia and a handwritten poster that said nothing that could be stretched to cause offence to anyone, except of course those who know who assassinated the journalist in 2017 and continue to hide the information. The poster stated the following: “Who would obstruct a public inquiry into a journalist’s assassination if they had nothing to hide?”’

They warn that the incident is reminiscent of the attitude which had been shown to those calling on the government to act on investigating Caruana Galizia’s murder but also the knowledge that the, ‘government itself uses its employees to destroy these mementos several times a day, perhaps without the clownish mockery of the individuals photographed last night but with the cold and brutal force of state-perpetrated suppression.’

The actions described, came following the vigil marking the 22nd month since journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered.  The monthly vigils are regularly held at the Siege memorial.

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The issue of placing a memorial to Caruana Galizia at the scene has caused much contention between the authorities and those campaigning for justice to be served.

‘This wanton vandalism saddens us. It even angers us. But it does not frighten us. The clowns that vandalise our protest site every day are intolerant and violent citizens unworthy of that name. But they are not the subject of our protest. The subject of our protest is those who allow and even encourage these persons to behave in this way, either voluntarily or perhaps as minions at their service, through the systematic indoctrination they propagate. The subject of our protest are the people who killed Daphne Caruana Galizia and will do anything to stop the country remembering they did so,’ Repubblika writes.