Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Hundreds of people protested on Saturday morning against the developers’ dictatorship. The protest organised by Moviment Graffitti started at around 10.30am near St Thomas Moore College in Santa Venera.
The protest was organised in the wake of the latest building collapse which claimed the life of Miriam Pace, a 54-year-old of Ħamrun. A silent protest was organised a day later by rule of law NGO Repubblika. The building collapse occurred due to excavation works which were happening on an adjacent site.
Armed with drums and placards, those in attendance chanted enough is enough. Victims of separate incidents were among those who addressed the people gathered.
- Activist Wayne Flask rhetorically asked how can Robert Musumeci, Michael Ferry (the Building Regulation Office head), MDA President Sandro Chetcuti and former PA CEO Johann Buttigieg sleep at night
- The first injustice was with us, Caroline Micallef a victim of separate incident told the crowd. “There was no magisterial inquiry since no one got hurt”
- “They came and destroyed my home. They shouldn’t be allowed to build until the finish my house,” – Caroline Micallef
- “Looking at this house reminds me of what happened to us 20 years ago,” Paul Vella told the crowd. Vella had lost his home and mother in a building collapse in St Paul’s Bay
- “You’ve got blood on your hands,” Anthea Brincat said directing her message at the Planning Authority. Brincat also lost her home last year
- No compensation will ever make up for all that we’ve lost and all that you’ve taken away from us, Anthea Brincat told the crowd
- We’ve seen the collapse of decency in this country, Moviment Graffitti spokesperson Andre Callus told the crowd.
Video: Sephora Francalanza