The director of the Women’s Rights Foundation has reported a man to the police for stating on Facebook that a group of pro-choice activists should be “shot in the head one by one facing each other”.
“This is not freedom of speech!” Lara Dimitrijevic said, while publishing a screenshot of the comment. “I will be reporting you to the Malta Police Force and I will ensure that you will be duly punished.”
Her post was shared by several pro-choice activists, many of whom called out the irony of a pro-life activist issuing death threats.
“We would like to express our disgust and condemnation at this hateful comment in reference to the women who protested in Valletta yesterday,” pro-choice group Doctors for Choice said. “We would also like to express our gratitude and solidarity with these women for standing up publicly for the pro-choice cause.”
“This is a clear case of hate speech and incitement to violence,” the Men Against Violence NGO said. “Police must act.”
“Such hate speech is intolerable and should be investigated and prosecuted with the full extent of the law,” added the Malta Humanist Association.
Posted by Voice For Choice – L-għażla tagħha on Friday, June 14, 2019
A small group of pro-choice activists yesterday convened outside Castille, where Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was holding a mini summit with southern European leaders.
The women held placards criticising Malta’s strong legislative stance on the criminalisation of abortion, with the practice illegal in all circumstances.
“Welcome to Malta where women and girls are just incubators,” a placard read.