Civil society organisations organised a protest in Valletta against corruption with demonstrators calling for the resignation or dismissal of Keith Schembri from Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The protest march started in front of Pjazza Teatru Rjal and ended in Great Siege Square where a vigil, held in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia, called for truth and justice.
At the start of the vigil, Manuel Delia stated that people of different views participated in the protest who agree they are against corruption and against being governed by those he called thieves.
He added that when Keith Schembri dropped the case he initiated against Simon Busuttil, because the latter called him corrupt after Ms Caruana Galizia’s revelations, this means that Dr Busuttil was right and won.
He added that even Ministers Konrad Mizzi, Chris Cardona and Edward Scicluna are evading the inquiry and sheltering in the shadow of the Prime Minister.
The activity was also addressed, among others by Lawyer Jacques Rene Zammit and student/activist Petra Caruana who called for honesty in politics.
Għaqda Repubblika President Vicki Ann Cremona, stated that the story by Keith Schembri earlier this week in Court was twisted by some of those who run the press. She stressed that the journalists’ work is not to protect those in power but to ask difficult questions.
Participation in the protest, organised by Repubblika and #occupy justice, included representatives of the Nationalist Party, led by its leader Adrian Delia, Alternattiva Demokratika and Partit Demokratiku, who on Facebook stated it is protesting also against Adrian Delia.
Meanwhile, the protest’s organisers warned political parties that the protest is an initiative of the civil society and they should not seek to undermine the citizens’ space to express themselves.