Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has expressed his regrets at the way yesterday’s demonstrators were removed by the Police during a Planning Authority meeting.
While addressing journalists during the opening of the new Kirkop Health Centre he expressed that in his opinion the way Police reacted to the demonstrators protesting against the application of a petrol station that was refused, was rough.
He added he is committed to defend the right to protest and expressed the wish that such actions are not repeated in the future while emphasising that when such meetings that are open to the public are held, these are heard in an air of serenity.
Meanwhile, the Malta Police Association (MPA) in a statement said video footage shows there is no evidence that any force beyond proportion was used by the Police and the Police carried out their duty and expelled persons who had entered the building in an abusive manner with the intentions of disrupting the meeting. The statement continued by saying that after the demonstrators were removed they still continued with their protest.
The MPA maintained that if an investigation needs to be carried out, it should be carried out, but that comments expressed before the conclusions of the investigation are published may prove to be harmful.
AĠĠORNAT: Il-pompa tal-petrol fiż-Żejtun mhux se tinbena – Pulizija jkaxkru attivisti waqt protesta, jirreaġixxi l-PN