An international movement against COVID-19 restrictions has spread to Malta, with a demonstration in Balluta this morning attracting a fair amount of people.
“Let’s remember Sette Giugno, let us all come together, stand together and support our fellow man to retain their freedom and truths,” the event announcement on Facebook read, a reference to tomorrow’s public holiday which commemorates the four Maltese people who were killed by British imperialist troops in the 1919 riots.
The demonstrators, many intentionally dressed in yellow, came together as part of the international ‘Stand In The Park’ movement, which says it’s advocating for “unity, freedom and personal truth” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
People could be seen holding yellow umbrellas and placards with the movement’s yellow smiley face slogan or phrases like ‘Crimes against humanity’ and ‘It’s Not About The Virus, It’s About Controlling People’.
Other placards claimed that masks are dangerous and ineffective.
Indeed, despite the presence of police officers, several demonstrators weren’t wearing masks, putting them at risk of a €50 fine.
The demonstration was organised by Human Health Alliance, a COVID-19 sceptic group which has accused the government of mismanaging the crisis, overreaching and infringing on several human rights.