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A group of Marsa residents will on Sunday morning hold a “solidarity walk” in the wake of concerns about a disregard for the law by African immigrants in their town.
The Facebook event description merely calls on Maltese people to join Marsa residents in pressuring the government to take action and to “give Marsa residents their dignity back”.
However, it is already clear the protest will have a tinge of anti- African immigration sentiment about it. The anti-immigration ‘Patriots’ party will be present at the walk, and its leader Henry Battistino has warned all Malta risks “becoming like Marsa, Bugibba, Msida, Hamrun and Birzebbugia”.
Marsa resident Quentin Zammit did not beat around the bush, saying in a Facebook post the protest will be against “irregular immigrants who have recently been causing havoc in Marsa”.
The post was shared over 200 times, and many people voiced their approval to Zammit’s post.
“Marsa should belong to the Maltese, and immigrants’ housing should be given to Maltese people on low income, with the government keeping rent prices affordable,” Marthese Mussett commented. “Swings and public areas should be cleaned and monitored by CCTV cameras, and children shouldn’t have to see people drunk, fighting and sleeping outside.”
Paul Sciberras said the warnings of far-rightist Norman Lowell of the perils of African immigration are now coming true.
“Norman Lowell was a prophet, he was very clear how we were going to end up if we kept on welcoming these people, who only care about destroying other people’s lands,” he said. “When he started speaking in 2006, he was charged in court, accused of racism and threatened with ten years’ imprisonment.”
Concern over the state of law and order in Marsa has grown in recent days following a spate of incidents involving African immigrants. Last week, a group of drunk African men reportedly threatened and harassed a nurse who had been dispatched to help two people hurt in a bicycle crash in Marsa, and – in a separate incident – an Eritrean man was found bleeding by the Marsa Open Centre following a fight with two Somalis.
Yesterday, two people were arrested after they were involved in a drunken argument by the Holy Trinity Church in Marsa.