It’s been a tiring three weeks but momentum is building and the fight for justice must go on.
Even though the protests have been effective at piling pressure for criminal justice and political responsibility, there is still a lot of work to be done.
We still have a Prime Minister in office who has been named in an investigation into the murder of a journalist and its coverup.
We still have his former Chief of Staff, clearly implicated at all levels, left free to run around with impunity.
We still have a Police Commissioner, chosen by Joseph Muscat, on whose watch corruption went unpunished, a journalist was killed and a coverup ensued.
We still have an Attorney General who has demonstrated little to no willingness to ensure corruption is punished and justice is served.
We still have a Justice Minister who spends his time justifying inaction and ordering the clearing of Caruana Galizia’s memorial site.
We still have the state trying to undermine justice with incorrect press statements like the claim that middleman Melvin Theuma was not actually employed by government, when he was.
We still have a Police Minister on whose watch this same murder middleman was paid €1,200 per month of taxpayers money for a phantom job he never showed up for.
We still have a situation where business, the economy, and Malta’s reputation are fast deteriorating because of Muscat’s audacious attempts to cling to power at all costs.
Meanwhile, we are still so caught up with the outrageous details of the murder, its coverup and the political fallout that we have not even begun to unravel the corrupt deals that triggered everything.
We still have no clear admission of guilt even after the delayed resignations of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri who were caught three years ago having set up secret Panama companies days after Labour won the 2013 election.
We still have inquiries being deliberately hidden from the public such as the inquiry on Egrant, another Panama company set up with even more secrecy.
We are still in the dark over who owns MacBridge (the second secret Dubai company after 17 Black) which was planning to pay Mizzi and Schembri $5,000 per day.
We are still victims of tribalistic propaganda and cynical tactics such as a leadership contest that simply facilitates Muscat’s ploy to hold onto power for as long as possible.
We still have Muscat being hailed as a hero even by those who are preparing to take his place.
We still have Muscat shamelessly organising mass meetings and farewell tours, while gloating that the murder has been solved.
And yet we still don’t know who ordered Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and why.
In spite of all this, we keep being ridiculed and threatened for finally making our voices heard in the streets.
But we know future generations will not mock us for protesting. They will scorn us because we did not protest enough when all of this was staring us in the face.
Today we must show the world that we are not fools and we will not take all of this lying down.
And most importantly, we must send a message to all those who are guilty: we will not allow your crimes to go unpunished.
We will not rest until justice is truly served.
See you all in Valletta at 4pm, outside Parliament.
Lovin Malta has formally endorsed today’s protest because we believe Malta deserves better.