The Malta Independent 4 October 2022, Tuesday
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Moviment Graffiti says deckchair operators brought over people to Comino to try and disrupt protest

Sunday, 14 August 2022, 15:22 Last update: about 3 months ago

 A dinghy owned by Joseph Portelli left from Zewwieqa, in Mgarr, Gozo with thirty people onboard at 7am on Saturday to disrupt the Comino protests, Moviment Graffiti claimed in a Facebook post.

On Saturday Moviment Graffiti organised a protest on Comino bay where more than 100 people showed up to protest the rampant commercialisation of Blue Lagoon. This marks the second protest of the summer after activists cleared the bay of deckchairs and umbrellas in June.

Graffitti said that the intention of the move was for the 30 people to stay on deckchairs from early in the morning to prevent the protest from taking place. "Portelli is a business partner of Daniel Refalo, one of the two deck chair operators in Blue Lagoon," Graffitti said.

Graffitti said that these people had arrived on Comino and were going to start occupying all the space before the protest began, but the police ordered them to leave. "Some of them still remained at Blue Lagoon and tried to disrupt the protest by playing loud music during the speeches. One of them even physically threatened one of the activists. While there we could see the deckchair operators offering free food and drink throughout the day."



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