Last night’s Valletta protests following the arrest of Yorgen Fenech got out of hand, according to a Cabinet member who was stuck in the middle of it.
“People have a right to protest but what I saw with my own eyes last night was violence on police and on government officials in the line of duty,” parliamentary secretary Aaron Farrugia said. “The threats, the insults, the banging and kicking of the car and the spitting towards are all condemnable, particularly as a number of PN MPs were within the crowd. We were stuck inside the car for around 45 minutes and, with my own eyes, I could see police officers getting assaulted or injured.”
Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, who was in the car with Farrugia, said the protest won’t weaken his resolve.
“The banging on the car, the blocking us by force, the kicking and scratching of the car, the punches at the windows to try and break them, the spitting, the foul words and actions, the people chasing after us, the faces full of rage, the threats…. none of this will weaken my resolve which motivates us to keep working at all moments for a better country,” he said.
Both Bonnici and Farrugia pledged their allegiance to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who protestors are demanding resign in the wake of the news that Fenech is the main suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“Joseph Muscat is doing an extraordinary job and is showing impeccable leadership,” Justice Bonnici said. “The institutions are functioning and we can see just how there’s no impunity in our country and that justice is blind. I am foursquare behind the Prime Minister, who is an extraordinary and focused person who knows how to lead the country forward. I will give everything I can to this Prime Minister, who has created so much wealth and will keep on creating it.”
“As I told the press while walking into Parliament, let’s allow the institutions to keep working, to close this case and to ensure justice reigns in this country,” Farrugia said. “I will respond to yesterday’s violence with more work towards Malta under the leadership of Joseph Muscat. This work will continue as of this morning.”