The Malta Independent 17 February 2020, Monday

Daphne memorial in Valletta remains untouched after PM’s orders

Friday, 17 January 2020, 09:25 Last update: about 1 month ago

The candles, photos, messages and flowers place at the foot of the Great Siege Monument in remembrance of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has remained untouched, as ordered by Prime Minister Robert Abela.

On the 16th day of every month since Caruana Galizia was assassinated in October 2017, civil society has gathered in front of the Law Courts to call for justice.

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The national monument dedicated to the Great Siege has been used since then as a memorial to the journalist but, each time, the Joseph Muscat government, with Minister Owen Bonnici responsible for national monuments, ordered the removal of the items that are placed in tribute to Caruana Galizia.

Only earlier this year, Bonnici had remarked about the damage that was caused by the candles to the monument, which was restored last year.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Robert Abela said that he had ordered that the items placed at the monument during yesterday’s vigil – yesterday was the 16th – are not removed.

These photos were taken this morning.

Photos Alenka Falzon

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