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Caruana Galizia picture back at memorial, after photos disappear

Tributes appear for Dom Mintoff, Karin Grech at foot of monument

Updated 6pm

Daphne Caruana Galizia's picture was once again displayed prominently at the makeshift memorial in Valletta on Tuesday afternoon after all photos were removed by unknown individuals overnight. 

Photos of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Karin Grech, Raymond Caruana and Dom Mintoff had earlier been removed from the Valletta memorial at the foot of the Great Siege monument, sparking a fresh controversy.

But by the afternoon, a black and white image of the slain journalist was once again put up at the foot of the monument in what is turning into a cat and mouse game. Pressure group Awturi put up a Facebook post saying: "Every time it's removed we will replace it. #here to stay".

Messages appeared in tribute to Karin Grech, killed by a letter bomb in 1977 and to former prime minister Dom Mintoff who died in 2012.

The Great Siege monument had doubled up as a makeshift shrine to journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia since her assassination last October. 

But the memorial, which was embellished by tributes and flowers in memory of the journalist, took on a new meaning when her pictures were accompanied by three new faces last Friday.

Read: Photos of Mintoff, Raymond Caruana, Karin Grech placed on Caruana Galizia's memorial

While the photos were removed some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning, new messages were spotted at the foot of the monument: "Karen Grech you are truely (sic) in our hearts as you are a real hero! You done (sic) no harm to no one. You helped people to survive. Still waiting for justice".

Another message read: “Dear Karen, you were killed cause your father was saving people’s lives. You are our hero!” read one message.

Another placard read: "Dom Mintoff, we thank you for your love towards our country Malta and Gozo. We never forget you”.

Karin Grech was killed in a letter bomb addressed to her father in the midst of the doctors' strike. 

In a message on Facebook earlier, the Civil Society Network called the decision to remove the photos as an insensitive act intended to provoke and sow division among the relatives of those who were killed in a barbaric manner. 

The other messages calling for justice in the wake of Ms Caruana Galizia's murder remain at the foot of the monument. 

Many critics of the blogger felt the memorial  located opposite the law courts, was not the right place. Their opposition has only fuelled the resolve of many others who said they will not stay silent until the murder masterminds are caught.

Just last Tuesday, Valletta mayor Alexiei Dingli ruled that a motion to remove the makeshift memorial to Ms Caruana Galizia was inadmissable, as the council had no jurisdiction over the Great Siege memorial.

Many were left seething on Friday night after billboards calling for justice in the Caruana Galizia case were taken down. 

Read: Caruana Galizia billboards removed, sparking protests of 'vile act of suppression'

 

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