Additional reporting by Tim Diacono
An early-morning protest at Castille has gathered steam, with a group of people, now blocking the road outside the Prime Minister’s office in protest.
Meanwhile, several soldiers have been called to Castille and police have partially blocked off public access to the top part of Merchants’ Street.
The latest protest started when Moviment Graffitti activists staged a sit-down protest in front of side entrance to Castille, in front of the main reception, preventing people from entering and exiting.
The AFM, which has jurisdiction over Castille, ordered that the doors be shut with the protestors still inside, and journalists were forced to leave the building.
Some journalists warned that police had physically dragged them out of the building, prompting Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sister Corinne Vella to demand answers from the police superintendent on site.
Vella and a group of journalists asked the superintendent who had ordered them to force journalists out, to which he insisted that police never went inside the building and had merely asked journalists to move away while they were standing on the pavement.
Vella then asked the superintendent for his name but he refused to give it to her.
“You are blocking citizens’ and journalists’ access to public property because there is a protest inside demanding justice for a murdered journalist,” she said. “A journalist was murdered, the Prime Minister’s office is directly implicated and you don’t want to give us your names.”