A month since Daphne's murder: Banners with her last words in Malta's streets
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A month since Daphne's murder: Banners with her last words in Malta's streets

Caruana Galizia car bomb murder shocked the nation

Banners highlighting Daphne Caruana Galizia's last published words before her murder exactly a month ago, appeared in Malta's streets overnight.

"The situation is desperate," the yellow banners say.

The words 'There are crooks everywhere. The situation is desperate' have been used a slogan in the protests which have accumulated since her murder. 

The controversial blogger was killed in a car bomb as she drove out of her house on the afternoon of October 16.

The European Parliament in a strong vote yesterday, backed a resolution raising concerns about the rule of law in Malta and calling for European Commission monitoring of Malta.

A press room has been named after Caruana Galizia in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The Nationalist Party has called for institutional changes in the wake of the murder and the replacement of the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner, arguing that inaction following allegations made by Ms Caruana Galizia had created the circumstances leading to the murder. The Opposition walked out of Parliament on Wednesday night, protesting that the government was acting as though it was business as usual.

The Civil Society Network, which is backing the calls for change, has held protests in Valletta, Sliema and outside police headquarters, and plans further action.

A group of women called #Occupy Justice held a protest camp outside Auberge de Castille and later delivered a statement to the prime minister. A silent walk will be held at City Gate, Valletta, today at 6.30pm and continue through Republic Street to Ms Caruana Galizia's memorial, next to the Great Siege monument. 

The government insists there are no legal grounds for the removal of the AG or the commissioner but says it will consider other institutional changes. It has called in the FBI and Dutch forensic experts to help the police in their investigations.

 

 

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