A protest held outside Castille at 6 pm this evening turned into a march straight to Parliament, just as ministers were leaving their Wednesday session.
Cries of “corrupt!”, “pulċinelli!” and “barra!” echoed in the entrance of Valletta as, one by one, ministers attempted to access their cars.
In the fracas, a police officer was injured, there were reports of members of the PBS and ONE being attacked, and former leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil had to personally intervene clear the way for the car to eventually pass.
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia were encircled in their car as they attempted to leave, with a police guard quickly forming to try to protect the car from hits and bangs.
One police officer was seen holding the license plate of the car so as not to have it stolen.
People held signs of the assassinated Daphne Caruana Galizia against the window as two years of questions, pain, frustration and confusion turned into anger at the ministers.
One officer was seen to be receiving medical treatment at one point.
Eventually, the former leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil reached the hood of the trapped car and convinced the crowd to let it pass, which they did.
The protest was called suddenly today after the shocking revelation that one of Malta’s most prominent businessmen, Yorgen Fenech, may have masterminded the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
He was caught attempting to flee the island this morning at 5:45 am by the Armed Forced of Malta, and remains in police custody.