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Time To Take To The Streets: Bernard Grech Calls Valletta Protest Against ‘Theft Of Quality Of Life’

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Opposition Leader Bernard Grech has announced a protest for next Sunday against the government’s “theft of our quality of life”.

“We cannot allow the government to keep steamrollering over us all and the time has come to take action,” Grech told a political rally in Sannat this morning.

“I am therefore urging the people of Malta to join us in Valletta next Sunday at 3pm to tell the government to stop robbing us of our quality of life. This government is telling us that it doesn’t have enough money for you but it has more than enough for its friends.”

Grech referred to a recent Times of Malta report that Prime Minister Robert Abela took around 30 people with him to New York for the UN General Assembly, at an estimated cost of €140,000. 

Describing Abela’s delegation as “enormous”, the PN leader said the funds would have been better invested in “people who need it most”.

Grech also called out the government for keeping its hospital privatisation deal with Steward Healthcare intact, arguing that the millions of euro that are being spent on this contract would be better spent on improving the conditions of healthcare workers.  

He also criticised them for permitting the destruction of the natural environment, warning that Gozo is losing its quaint character as a result of overdevelopment. 

This will be the first protest the PN has organised since Grech assumed office in October 2020 and the party’s first major public event since its huge defeat at the general election last March. 

Grech’s announcement could also help fire up PN supporters who were left disgruntled at the state of the party after it decided not to hold its traditional Independence Day mass meeting this week.

Will you attend this protest?

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