A tense standoff between activists and Infrastructure Malta employees erupted this morning after workers descended in Dingli too complete a road-connecting project that was confirmed by the local council yesterday evening.
A handful of activists have been camping in the area, evening tying the entrance gate with barbed wire and logs to protect the area. However, IM workers returned today at 7am, trying to gain access to the site through a separate road.
The plans involve connecting three Dingli roads, Sqaq il-Museum, Daħla tas-Sienja and Triq San Gwann Bosco. Protestors argue that the government agency does not have permission for the project and warned that it threatens arable land, old carob trees and a medieval church in the area.
However, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg and IM have rubbished their concerns.
“We’ve already said before that we have all the permits needed, but I suppose it’s more clickbaity if they say otherwise,” Borg told Lovin Malta.
The project seems to have gotten the blessing from Dingli’s local council, with Borg sharing a video of an urgent meeting called to confirm their support of the project.
“This road plan was made at the request of residents on Sqaq il-Mużew and Sqaq Daħlet is-Sienja. Moviment Graffitti appealed it and we stopped. Then, there was a decision by the Environmental and Resources Authority and we resumed. Then, Graffitti appealed again.”
“Now the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal ruled that this needs to happen. Do we believe in the rule of law or not?” the minister explained.
⚠️ Ħaddiema diħlin minn sqaq differenti biex ikomplu jibnu triq bla permess. Attivisti, residenti u bdiewa jwaqqfu x-xogħlijiet ta' Infrastructure Malta f'Ħad-Dingli. Infrastructure Malta qed jippruvaw jibnu triq f’ODZ, fuq raba’ maħdum. Din se teqred ukoll siġar tal-ħarrub li għandhom ‘il fuq minn 300 sena u tipperikola knisja medjevali. Ingħaqdu magħna: https://bit.ly/3tJrUCA=======⚠️ Workers entering a different alley to continue building a road without a permit. Activists, residents and farmers stopping Infrastructure Malta’s works on a road in ODZ that will destroy many fields. This work will also destroy carob trees that are over 300 years old while endangering a medieval church.Join us: https://bit.ly/3tJrUCA
Posted by Moviment Graffitti on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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