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Joseph Muscat’s Media Chief Reminds PN Leader Of His Anti-Foreigner Rhetoric In Light Of Racist Murder

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The Prime Minister’s head of communications has reminded Opposition leader Adrian Delia of his anti-foreigner rhetoric as a response to his condemnation of the racist murder of Lassana Cisse Souleymane.

In a tweet, Delia said the Nationalist Party fully condemns hate crime, racially motivated violence and racial discrimination in all its forms and demands an urgent, independent, transparent and thorough investigation into the murder.

“This is not the Malta we want, much work is to be done to make Malta a truly safe place,” he said. “Well done to the Malta Police Force for their sterling work.”

However, the Prime Minister’s head of communications Kurt Farrugia tweeted back to Delia that he was “a bit too late”, reminding the Opposition leader of a speech he had given last September.

Farrugia said that today is “a very sad day for Malta”.

“Never thought I’d have to explain to my 9-year old daughter how people could kill each other because of the colour of their skin,” he said. “A very sad day for Malta. Justice being served.”

PN Secretary General Clyde Puli responded to Farrugia’s tweet by reminding Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of his threat to push back asylum seekers to Libya a few years ago.

“Human dignity is certainly not about threats of pushbacks to foreigners needing help,” he said. “Do not let those around you trivialise and politicise an atrocious murder. What kind of unity is your PR man promoting?”

Back in September, Delia had warned that migrants who are homeless or living in poor conditions are “robbing Maltese people of their liberty, making our elderly people feel scared in their own homes and our youths scared to walk the streets”.

“The government’s strategy of bringing in more and more foreigners is eroding our values and our principles and is causing havoc with our Maltese identity,” Delia had said. “Don’t be afraid to stand up for your Christian values, to show who you are and declare you are Maltese and Gozitan.”

“If our country must welcome foreigners, then let us know who they are and where they’re coming from and let’s ensure that they don’t just come for a few months and leave, but that they integrate with us and want to become Maltese like us.”

Two soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering Ivorian national Lassana Cisse Souleymane in Ħal Far last month and are set to be prosecuted later today. Everything points to this being a racially motivated murder. Sources said that one of the suspects admitted during police interrogations that he didn’t even know who Cisse Souleymane and the two other victims were.

He also admitted that the two of them were also responsible for the intentional hit and run on an African man in that same country road earlier this year.

Cover photo: From left: Opposition leader Adrian Delia, Lassana Cisse Souleymane, the Prime Minister’s head of communications Kurt Farrugia

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