Grief Turns To Anger As People Protest Caruana Galizia’s Murder
Protest at journalist's murder outside Valletta law courts this afternoon
As a dazed Malta wakes up to the aftermath of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, citizens are planning to take to the law courts to demand justice for the journalist’s murder.
Details of the protest are scant but it will start at 1:30pm and numerous Nationalist politicians are believed to be attending.
Meanwhile, people have sprayed graffiti by the Floriana subway and the road leading down to the University’s main entrance, one reading “We will not be silenced” and the other quoting Caruana Galzia’s last written words “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate”.
St Catherine's High School will tomorrow morning organise a solidarity event, in which staff, students and their parents will come together to form the words "#NOTOVIOLENCE" on the school grounds. St Aloysius College's Student Council, the school Caruana Galizia used to attend, has asked all students to wear black for one day.
St Catherine's High School in Pembroke
Yet as people try to process the tragedy, the political blame game has already started to bubble up. PN leader Adrian Delia, who was himself a target of Caruana Galizia’s criticism, was quick to blame the Labour government for what he termed a “political assassination”. Manuel Delia, another popular blogger, has demanded the resignation of home affairs minister Michael Farrugia for the police’s failure to protect Caruana Galizia.
PN leader Adrian Delia and his predecessor Simon Busuttil at last night's candlelit vigil
On the other side of the fence, science council chairman and PL candidate Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando has suggested Caruana Galizia’s murder was linked to her recent criticism of Adrian Delia and his PN supporters.
“Caruana Galizia has been attacking Labour politicians and those she considered to be opponents of her Nationalist clique for decades, with impunity,” he said. “It is only now, when her cannons were turned on the Nationalists, that she was blown to smithereens.”