The Malta Independent 20 January 2020, Monday

Aditus calls for inquiry into cause of Hal Far uprising

Kevin Schembri Orland Monday, 21 October 2019, 14:29 Last update: about 4 months ago

Human rights NGO Aditus believes that there needs to be an inquiry into what led to the Hal Far Open Centre protest, and how it was managed by both sides, Director Neil Falzon told The Malta Independent in a brief comment.

Last night, an uprising broke out at the open centre, resulted in one police officer being injured and several damaged vehicles, some of which were set on fire. Just today, tens of migrants were taken away by the police to the police headquarters on police buses, escorted by traffic policemen. Some of the migrants were led away in handcuffs. This morning, the centre employees were protesting outside Castille concerned about safety and security..


Falzon, asked about the current situation, said that the NGOs are currently getting in contact with both the authorities and migrants to find out what happened.

This protest at the Hal Far centre was not the first incident that occurred as in recent weeks there have been other protests over recent weeks. During this latest uprising, migrants threw objects at the officers and it seems to be the most serious incident yet. A spokesman for the police said that the protest started inside the Hal Far Centre but other migrants who are not detained went on site to join in.

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