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Vigil marks seven months since Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

'They would gladly see me dead'

Video: Matthew Mirabelli

A sizeable crowd gathered in front of the Great Siege Memorial on Wednesday evening to mark the seven-month anniversary of the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The vigil, organised by Occupy Justice and l-Awturi, saw speakers insist on the need to carry on the fight against corruption and impunity.

Occupy Justice activist Rachel Williams said the activists were in Valletta for the seventh time to insist that justice would be done.

Ms Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb in Bidnija on October 16.

"We will only rest when those in power admit the truth that was revealed by Daphne Caruana Galizia and through the Daphne Project," Ms Williams insisted.

That the Prime Minister condoned the actions of Konrad Mizzi, Chris Cardona and Keith Schembri was neither socialist nor Christian, she added.

Activist Eve Borg Bonello recited a poem she wrote about the situation in Malta.

“Stay quiet, don’t stay a word, because the last person who spoke out was silenced in a field,” she said.

Blogger Manuel Delia encouraged people to walk a mile in a whistleblower’s shoes. “Some lost their jobs, and their security,” he said.

The government offered a vision represented by thousands of supporters backing those who should have resigned long ago, he said.

He added that the opposition did not offer a vision that left space for Ms Caruana Galizia and her work.

“The Opposition is offering a vision of a bigger, brighter summer,” he said.

“How can you bring forwards a vision of tomorrow’s summer, when we are stuck in a dark winter?” he asked.

It was time for a permanent change, for a conscious civil society that did not look for the election of one party over the other, but that looks for integrity, honesty and humanity within the governing party, Mr Delia concluded.

Photo: Matthew MirabelliPhoto: Matthew Mirabelli

The activists raised money for the legal fees of Maria Efimova, who is currently in Greece facing an appeal against the decision not to extradite her.

Mrs Efimova is facing €6,000 in legal fees. She has managed to pay €2,000 but activists decided to raise money to cover the remaining €4,000. They have so far raised €2,000. People wishing to donate may contact Occupy Justice at occupyjusticemalta@gmail.com .

They would gladly see me dead- Daphne Caruana Galizia

A video produced through a scholarship received by German journalist Iris Rohmann was shown.

In the video, excerpts from Ms Caruana Galizia’s blog were read out.

“Corruption, especially between the media and politicians, eats away at the heart of democracy,” a voice read out.

Ms Caruana Galizia had written that “they would gladly see me dead, which appears to be the only way I will shut up.

“There is something else I should say before I go: when people taunt you or criticise you for being negative or for failing to go with their flow, for not adopting an attitude of benign tolerance to their excesses, bear in mind always that they and not you are the ones who are in the wrong," she had written.

 

 

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