Xandru Cassar spends the night in front of Castille; Calls on PM to save lives of the persons stranded at sea

Updated 03:39 PM

He is asking for the protection of the lives of the persons stranded at sea

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

While entering his office, earlier today, Prime Minister Robert Abela has ignored Xandru Cassar who has been sitting outside Prime Minister’s office in Valletta since yesterday.

On Facebook, he wrote that he tried to politely approach Prime Minister Abela but he waved at him while saying “Thank you Xandru” and entered the building.

Xandru Cassar has also spent the night there not as a protest but to raise awareness and advocate for the protection of the lives of the persons stranded at sea.

Xandru Cassar has been sitting outside Prime Minister’s office in Valletta since yesterday. He has also spent the night there not as a protest but to raise awareness and advocate for the protection of the lives of the persons stranded at sea.

On Facebook, Cassar said that following consultation with NGOs he has decided to change his stance and is no longer doing a hunger strike.

He also made it clear that what he is doing is not a protest.

“I wish to bring the suffering and danger of the lives of those who are stranded at sea to the nation’s attention. If you wish to show your support feel free to do so in any way you think is best. However, let us all keep in mind the directions and advice of the Public Health Authorities. We should all continue to respect these at all times,” wrote Xandru Cassar.

On Twitter, Archbishop Charles Scicluna wrote that saving lives and securing them in a safe place is a fundamental legal obligation. He called it a moral necessity that cannot be negotiated or removed.

Those in danger within the Maltese rescue area should be rescued, as their safety should always be guaranteed, said Archbishop Scicluna.

A number of non-governmental organisations, on Sunday, have issued a joint statement calling upon Prime Minister Robert Abela to ensure that all persons within Malta’s search and rescue region and therefore are Malta’s responsibility are rescued and that their safety is guaranteed.