Protestors and activists gathered in Castille Square today in the wake of revelations and resignations that have thrown the government in one of its biggest political crises Malta has ever seen.
Calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, members of the pressure group Moviment Graffitti as well as academics, authors, and various other members of civil society called a change in the government’s tune.
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They said that the Labour Party could no longer say it represented the socialists or progressives, with MG activist Andre Callus saying the “the occupation of big business culminated in the murder of a journalist and theft of natural resources and cultural heritage that belong to us.”
Renowned Maltese author Immanuel Misfud said Malta needed to be reborn into a new republic, and slammed the route the current Labour administration has taken.
“The liberal and neo-liberal experiment has failed yet again when we live in societies where some mothers have to sleep with their babies in dark garages while others go out to purchase a yacht… and maybe even a second one,” Mifsud said.
A letter addressed to Cabinet was signed by 171 people, including protestors, NGOs, journalists, and artists.
Activist Andrea Dibben called for a change in government, saying: “even if the corrupt of today leave today or tomorrow, they will be substituted by others just like them because the problem is in the relationship between the politician and the businessman.”
This morning’s protest comes after thousands crammed into Castille Square last night to demand justice and for the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.
The protests were kicked off after businessman Yorgen Fenech was caught leaving the island, leading to a cascade of new revelations and resignations that have rocked the government, and the island of Malta.
Cover photo: Chris Vella