On Saturday morning activists raised a large banner onto the Great Siege Memorial in Valletta, demanding justice for slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after police barriers that has been blocking off the site were removed.
The Great Siege Monument had turned into a makeshift memorial dedicated to the journalist following her murder, appearing spontaneously after her death. It has since become a focal point for activists who are intent on keeping her memory alive – as well as critics who want to see her image removed entirely.
“Tomorrow marks 11 months since Daphne’s murder. Police barriers removed, protest reinstated. Justice for Daphne is justice for all. Protect the right to freedom of expression, protect the right to protest in a democratic country. These are basic fundamental human rights,” said Martina Farrugia, who uploaded the video to Facebook.
The monument had been sealed off recently, ostensibly to be restored as well as for health reasons, with Culture Minister Owen Bonnici saying: “It is basically an issue of health and safety of the workers.”
Photos: Ben Borg Cardona
Some people nearby were not happy to see Caruana Galizia’s image returning to the site
In the video, a group of hecklers can be heard criticising the activists’ behaviour, and it was reported that a few activists attempted to explain their constitutional right to freedom of expression by handing them leaflets, which were then thrown into the bin.
The site has seen a number of clashes, with a woman recently ripping a picture of Caruana Galizia off of the monument, before jumping on it and getting into a shouting match with a concerned onlooker.