Photo: Occupy Justice
There were more scenes at the Great Siege Monument in Valletta this morning after a group of people complained to police that a woman had lit a candle for Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Occupy Justice uploaded a photo one of its activists had taken of an elderly man who appeared to have filmed her and reported her to a policeman as she lit a candle at the monument.
“This man harangued one of our activists for having the temerity to light a candle for truth and justice,” the pressure group said. “Unbelievably, he flagged down a policeman because he felt threatened by a woman half his size.”
Occupy Justice told blogger-activist Manuel Delia that the man had complained that the activist was taking the monument away from him “and all Maltese people” and shouted that she was going to push him to the floor and land him in hospital.
This was a reference to a case that occurred last weekend, when an 81-year-old man was hospitalised following an altercation at the Great Siege Monument. Occupy Justice and a Times of Malta reporter who was covering the event insist the man had slipped, but Labour MP Silvio Parnis – who was on site – said he saw an activist knock him to the ground.
In today’s incident, the man complained to a policeman, who told him that she has every right to light candles at the foot of the monument but that all protest items will be cleared at night as they always are. A group of people soon congregated in protest at the monument’s continued usage as a memorial to Caruana Galizia, warning the activist that they will remove all protest items from the site.