Junior Minister for Equality Rosianne Cutajar is defending her decision to engrave the words “All Lives Matter” on a commemorative plaque of Lassana Cisse, despite the phrase being used by opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“‘All Lives Matter’ is not an insulting phrase but a strong expression of unity and respect towards people of all colour,” she told Lovin Malta.
“This was the reason behind the commemorative plaque that ultimately reminds us of the dire consequences of racism.”
Last year, Cisse was murdered by two Armed Forces of Malta soldiers while walking home from watching a football game in Ħal Far. It was believed to be Malta’s first racist killing.
In April, Cutajar unveiled a commemorative plaque on the road where he was killed to act as a lesson to Maltese society about the potentially fatal consequences of racism and the importance of integration.
The death of George Floyd in police custody has rejuvenated the Black Lives Matter movement, resulting in anti-racism protests across the United States and the rest of the world.
On the other hand, the All Lives Matter slogan has become synonymous with those who oppose the movement and was used last night in an anti-migrant protest in Valletta.
Malta will also have its first anti-racism protest since the death of Floyd in the form of a sit-in outside Parliament at 6pm. A counter-protest is also being held following Malta’s decision to allow over 400 migrants to enter its ports two days ago.