Maltese people who oppose immigration into the country have been rallying the troops into a private Facebook group that has surged in popularity in only a few days.
The group, called Malta Tagħna Biss (Malta Is Only For The Maltese), was set up last Thursday and already has 11,500 members as of yesterday night.
Posts seen by Lovin Malta show that active members want the group to serve as a rallying point for a new anti-migration movement, on the same lines as how the group ‘For Our Trees’ was successfully used to spread the word of a protest against the Central Link road upgrade project.
One of the group’s administrators said the group was set up “to fight against immigration”.
“This isn’t a political group but a patriotic group, and those who mention politics will be instantly banned,” he warned.
Some people in the group are calling for a protest and a woman has designed a T-shirt, with a snazzy design of hands clawing the cloth apart to reveal the Maltese flag, to be worn by protestors.
Others attempted to tie the Maltese identity with the Catholic faith, with one person posting a photo of a crucifix near the Maltese flag and warning that “those who don’t like it should get out”.
Some praised Imperium Europa leader Norman Lowell, while others called for the establishment of an entirely new political party based on anti-migration policies.
“If we’re going to make a noise, there must be a new political party that knows what to do,” one man said. “The PN is dead and the PL is steamrolling over everyone. The Maltese are so brainwashed that they keep for voting for them because they view elections as a game (up until recently, I used to view it that way too). The time has come for everyone to start voting in their own best interests and not with their eyes blindfolded. We are already late, but we must start from somewhere.”
One man criticised Prime Minister Joseph Muscat for recently urging members of the Maltese diaspora in Canada to speak positively with their relatives in Malta about their own migration experiences.
“Unbelievable. He’s comparing the Maltese who left here 50 years ago with the foreigners who are coming to Malta. The Maltese all migrated against their will because of the situation here at the time: poverty, hunger and a lack of rights. Now they left and integrated with the Canadians and aren’t forcing them to integrate with them.”
“It’s different in Malta; you go out to eat and can’t hear the staff speaking anything but Italian or broken English. No one can force us to integrate. Didn’t you tell our Canadian brothers how much trouble we had this week? Didn’t you tell them that Canada is 20,000 times the size of Malta? Didn’t you tell them that Maltese people have become foreigners in our own country? Didn’t you tell them that we’ve lost our identity? No to multiculturalism and a cosmopolitan Malta. Maltese people first and foremost.”
Other posts include a photo of a black man passed out on the pavement and one of Muscat chatting with Imam Mohammed El Sadi, who is a Maltese citizen and has been living here for around 40 years.
“If it’s not too late, we must rise up,” the commenter said.
Some posts express downright hatred towards migrants.
In one particular discussion, someone argued that the deportation of African migrants will lead to their deaths as they will have to pass through the war-torn Libya.
“We don’t care about the war in Libya or about any other country, we only care about Malta,” he said. “Kick them out. Whether they live or die isn’t our problem.”
And one person, whose Facebook status indicates he is married to a foreigner himself, responded to the news that the Ħal Far open centre will be extended by posting gun emojis pointing at people.
Alex Pisani, who used to run a once-popular Facebook forum for anti-migration talk that spurred the setting up of the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin political party, urged the administrators not to accept every Tom, Dick and Harry into the group.
“If they don’t vet everyone who enters this group, people will end up putting spokes in their wheels. Watch out, because there’ll be many spies who will report you. The page I run currently only has 450 members and this because I don’t accept everyone. I ask everyone a question and check out their profiles before accepting them because otherwise they’ll cause damage.”