The Malta Independent 15 October 2021, Friday

‘This attitude will not be tolerated under any circumstances’, Abela says after migrant incident

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 16:59 Last update: about 17 days ago

Prime Minister Robert Abela has condemned a shocking incident involving a migrant worker who was injured at work and dumped on a pavement which happened earlier today.

“This attitude will not be tolerated under any circumstances,” Abela said while addressing a press conference with the President of the Socialists & Democrats group within the European Parliament Iratxe Garcia Perez.

“Every resident in our country will receive all the necessary protection from our institutions,” Abela said.

He was reacting to an incident earlier on Tuesday where a migrant worker was found on a pavement near Selmun in Mellieha.

The worker had allegedly been injured in a two-storey fall at a construction site where he was working illegally at, when his boss told him that he would take him to the hospital for treatment.

Instead however, the said boss took him to Selmun where he allegedly unceremoniously ‘dumped’ the injured worker onto a pavement and left the scene.

The worker was only found by passers-by later on who called police and an ambulance on site.

A police spokesperson told The Malta Independent that they are investigating the incident to establish what had happened.

The incident was greeted was an outpouring of anger, with many taking to social media to express their sheer disgust and shock at the events.

PN leader Bernard Grech also expressed his shock and condemnation at the incident.

"Like the thousands who saw the photos of a person thrown to the side of the street, after an incident which reportedly took place at his place of employment, I am shocked. Every person has a value that supersedes the price of the work they do," Grech said.

"Money generation should not come at the cost of humanity. I want to express my solidarity with this person, and many others who are falling victim to precarious employment, that risks their lives," he added.

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