Last night, Xarabank decided to take on the topic of migration in Malta, and it truly showed the incredibly emotional factions that have formed on either side of the debate.
With a panel made up of two members of the Moviment Patrijoti Maltin, Norman Lowell-supporting priest Fr David Muscat and TV host Peppi Azzopardi, Peppi spoke about how he let an African migrant enter his home and live with him after he found out she was at risk of being murdered.
In a personal moment, Peppi said he had spoken to his wife Mandy after he had received a call about the woman, and couldn’t bear to let her remain at risk of being killed, and brought her into his home – and he was happy he had done so.
“Maltese people love you,” he said at one point towards a group of migrants sitting in the audience in front of him.
“Yes, you are our brothers, you are our sisters. We love you.”
He then went one step further and called for a national programme to help Maltese families more easily take in migrants living in Malta.
His comments came after an emotional plea from members of the MPM, who said that refugees should seek safety at the nearest safe country, and not Malta or Europe, which they are forced to journey to.
After Peppi said he had actually taken in a refugee himself, the MPM speakers turned on him
“It’s like you really have some hatred towards the Maltese Peppi, a type of racism towards us,” said the female speaker.
Peppi took great umbrage at this remark, and shot back: “You need to be doing 1% of what I do for the Maltese every single day”.
The show became very tense, with images of drowning migrants being shown on a screen behind the speakers as they argued.
Migrants in the crowd stood up to apologise for the recent protest in Ħal Far recently, saying that those migrants didn’t represent all of them and that they were still scared following their journey across Africa and the Mediterranean.