As people placed flowers, candles and signs at the Great Siege Monument last night to pay their respects to Daphne Caruana Galizia, one tribute item was left isolated from the rest.
Behind the makeshift memorial was a single damaged wreath, which had been placed there by Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia but which was promptly removed by Caruana Galizia’s sister.
Delia led a group of PN MPs and officials to the memorial but his visit ended up as an emotional standoff with Helene Asciak, the sister of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
As Delia approached the memorial with the PN’s wreath in hand, Asciak told them to stay away and be respectful.
“Go away from me please,” she told him. “Let me have five minutes here setting up the memorial. Please step back. Can you please step back? Can you please have some respect? You are doing it for your cameras.”
Delia ignored her pleas and placed the wreath at the memorial anyway, but Asciak quickly grabbed it and threw it onto the floor.
Despite the altercation, a number of PN MPs turned up at the protest, including deputy leaders David Agius and Robert Arrigo, former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, MPs Karol Aquilina, Jason Azzopardi, Claudio Grech and Claudette Buttigieg and MEP David Casa.