Activists demanding justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia have taken their protests up a notch, spraying graffiti on the hoarding surrounding the Great Siege Monument in Valletta.
“It seems that not everyone is happy with the yellow hoarding and felt it could do with a makeover,” activist group Occupy Justice said. “I think we should all thank [Culture Minister] Owen Bonnici for providing these artists with a canvas to protest, right in the middle of Valletta, the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the impunity the government has made its own. The Cleansing Department seems to have missed this.”
The Great Siege monument was for several months used as a makeshift protest memorial demanding justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, but it was boarded off just before Victory Day. Subsequent protest items left outside the monument have been removed late at night by Cleansing Department officials upon the orders of Minister Bonnici.
Portomaso, owned by Yorgen Fenech’s family business group, used as a background for this protest
Bonnici explained that it was closed off for restoration and embellishment works but activists have accused him of stifling their right to protest.
Today’s protest was carried out to remind the public that it has now been 13 months since Caruana Galizia was murdered in a car bomb outside her home. The several writings of ’17’ refer to Yorgen Fenech’s Dubai company 17 Black, which Caruana Galizia had first written about in February 2017.