One month ago today, Malta was dealt a harrowing blow as news broke of Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination by car bomb outside her home in Bidnija. Now, a silent walk is being organised to mark the occasion.
The event, being organised by four women (Tina Urso, Lelly Fenech, Becky Vella and Emma Paris), is set to kick off tonight at 18:30. Participants will begin their walk at Valletta’s main entrance and proceed down Republic Street to the Great Siege Monument, now a makeshift memorial to the slain journalist.
The silent protest comes in the wake of several banners popping up around the islands, citing “The Situation is Desperate”, harking back to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s poignant last blog post.
The organisers stated “[Daphne] was assassinated because she stood alone, and yet, even now, so many are feeling left alone, having so many questions left unanswered [and] so much unaccountability from those who are supposed to be protecting us.”
They instructed interested parties to bring flowers and candles to revive the memorial, and will also be handing out bay leaves and gold markers to all attendees, as a means of leaving one-worded messages. “[…] Don’t give up,” the organisers have gone on to say. “So much good has come out of fighting for what believe in around the world – Malta is no different. Please encourage others, to fight the battle from the streets, and not from behind their screens. We owe it to Daphne, we owe it to Malta.”