Watch: Persons tie themselves to trees in protest

A group of persons, including residents from Attard have resorted to tie themselves to trees in protest against the Central Link project on Sunday.

In a press release, the organisers said that over 1,000 persons attended the protest. They said that this was a clear message for the authorities to stop destroying our landscape.

They added that the quality of life is dependent on the environment, and are condemning those that described their initiative as a partisan act.

The group was formed over social media and up till now has gathered over 4,000 members.

Scores of people have tied themselves against trees in the area between Rabat and Attard that are meant to be eradicated to give way to the roads that will form part of the Central Link project.

An estimated 549 trees from various streets, as well as 49,000 metres squared of virgin land, and a number of buildings are expected to be destroyed around Rabat and Attard.

No trees from Saqqajja Hill will be eradicated – Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure

The Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Investments said that it is not true that the Central Link Project will destroy the tress in the locality.

In a press release, The Ministry said that some are propagating misleading information as no tree from Saqqajja Hill will be removed. The communication also stated that 285 trees will be planted to add to the current numbers in the locality.

The Ministry added that it will continue to provide regular updates on the Central Link Project to avoid speculation and misinformation on the matter.

Footage: Coryse Borg

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