With the furore over the construction industry reaching an apex following the collapse of yet another building in Malta, Moviment Graffitti is organising a protest against the “developers’ dictatorship”.
The protest will take place on Tuesday 18th June. It will kick off from St Luke’s Hospital at 6pm, followed by a short walk to protest in front of the Malta Developers Association (MDA) headquarters.
The area itself is also symbolic, with two collapses taking place along the road in just under two months.
Moviment Graffitti is inviting all residents and resident associations from around the island to “show their displeasure at the way they have been treated by the developers’ lobby and their dictatorship”.
“We encourage all those who are angry, fed up and worried about this situation to join this protest”
It should be noted that while the anger against the sector has only reached fever pitch following a series of building collapses, deaths and accidents in the industry have also become worryingly commonplace.
Graffitti is also making a series of demands for residents who they say “are now scared to stay in their homes”. The group is calling for:
1. An end to the boundless arrogance and bullying of developers on residents;
2. A limit to permits issued by the various authorities and an end to the laissez-faire in the planning sector;
3. A restriction on the hours in which construction and excavation works can be carried out, and a limit on the number of road closures and parking slots stolen from residents;
4. A law that imposes decent standards to safeguard the residents’ health and safety in areas close to construction sites;
5. A serious enforcement of the laws regulating construction, to give, without exception, protection and dignity to workers and residents alike;
6. That responsibility is taken for the permanent deformation of our islands, particularly when such incidents are involved: so far, nobody has taken responsibility for any of these accidents.