Police say yesterday’s protest was held without a permit – ‘Repubblika’ reacts
Yesterday’s protest in Valletta was held without a permit.
This was stated in a Police official statement which added that until the protest was held on Friday morning, the organisers of the protest did not apply for a permit, as is normally and always done.
The Police confirmed that two days before the protest, a meeting was held between Police officers and the protest’s organisers. However, contrary to normal practice, this time the organisers did not apply for a permit.
Interior Minister, Michael Farrugia, thanked the Police for their good work during the Republic Day ceremony. He said that despite that the protest had no permit, the Police acted in a mature manner.
Meanwhile, ‘Repubblika’ said in a statement that both its organisation, #occupyjustice and manueldelia.com do not understand the aim of the statement, issued by the Police Commissioner, when at an instance the Police confirms that it was informed about the protest two days before and then says that the organisers did not request a permit.
It stated that Republic Day celebrations are organised by the ‘Kumitat Festi Nazzjonali’ and that they require a Police permit. It added that every Maltese and Gozitan citizen was invited to attend and this is what they did. They stressed that there is nothing in the law that precludes a person attending the activity from protesting with his voice, whistling or demonstrating placards. Therefore, they maintained, that the Commissioner and the Police did not object when they were informed that there wasn’t the need to apply for a permit to participate in a people’s celebration and that their participation breached any law.