Protestors from Moviment Graffitti and other private citizens, blocked off one of the corridors inside Castille for a period of five hours, in a protest that began this morning before workers reported to work. They continued to call for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who was not in the building at the time.
At around 7.30 am, activists entered Castilla from a side door located in Saint Paul Street, normally used as an entrance door by workers of the Office of the Prime Minister. The activists entered in a flash to the surprise of soldiers who were guarding the door. They took to the floor, calling for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and said that the problem was not only the Prime Minisru, but also what they called the bleak situation of the institutions.
In a statement, they explained that the country had hit rock bottom, not only in terms of corruption, but also because of a political murder. They said that not everyone had understood the gravity of the situation and said that every minute that Muscat stays on continues to fuel speculation that there is a plot to cover up the truth.
Police and a small group of soldiers attempted to control the situation. The police also ordered a journalist to leave and closed the doors. Other protesters outside demanded that the door be opened, including members of Caruana Galizia’s family, who demanded to know who had given the order to close the doors. In a reply, the police said it had no jurisdiction over t Castille and explained that the Armed Forces were responsible for security at the Office of the Prime Minister.
At around 10.45am the protesters threw themselves on the ground blocking off traffic in St Paul Street, while police closed the road for traffic to Floriana via Castille.
During the protest the activists did not cease calling for the country to be cleaned and to go back to normality. At around 12.15pm, the demonstrators were allowed to leave Castille from a door in Merchants Street and moved to St. Paul Street where they teamed up with other protestors calling for justice.