An argument between an elderly man and a woman erupted after she attempted to lay flowers at the controversial makeshift memorial for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia at the Great Siege Monument in Valletta.
In a video of the argument, the man snatches the mobile out of the woman’s hand, shouting at her to stop recording with her phone. This allegedly happened because she was filming him removing the flowers that had been laid down.
“Haq għall-Madonna, ħa terġa tagħmilha, għax inkissirulek issa ara!” “(My God, you are going to do it again, this time I’ll break it just watch)”, he shouts at her, before shouting at the nearby police to come and assist him.
The police tell the woman that there are barriers in place to stop people from entering near the monument, which is currently covered up for cleaning up works, according to Minister Owen Bonnici.
A crowd seems to form as the commotion occurs, with some bystanders telling the police to watch as others were trying to place flowers as well, while others simply repeat “data protection act”.
This is not the first attack to happen near the monument, with an elderly woman vandalising it some months back.