The memorial to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia at the foot of the Great Siege Monument in Valletta has been removed and police barriers have been placed around the area, seemingly to prevent people restoring it.
The memorial, which has been in place since Caruana Galizia’s murder last October, has been removed several times before. However, this time the order to remove it appears to have come from a state authority.
Its removal comes ahead of this evening’s traditional Victory Day ceremony, where dignitaries will gather at the Great Siege Monument to pay homage to the Maltese people who perished in the Great Siege, the French blockade of Valletta and the Second World War.
Lawyer and historian Prof. Raymond Mangion will deliver a speech, after which dignitaries, including deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne, Opposition leader Adrian Delia and Speaker Anglu Farrugia, will lay wreaths at the foot of the monument. Fearne has been invited in the stead of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who will be abroad on the day.
Lovin Malta had asked the Culture Ministry whether the memorial to Caruana Galizia would remain in place during the ceremony but didn’t receive a response.