National protests against corruption and calling for the immediate resignation of the Prime Minister will resume on Sunday after a three-week hiatus in a demonstration that is being endorsed by The Shift.
Organised by civil society organisations Repubblika, Occupy Justice together with Manuel Delia, Sunday’s protest continues upon the series of anti-corruption demonstrations that were held throughout the last two months of 2019 before these were put on hold for the Christmas period.
Titled A New Malta, a New Republic, the protest will start in front of Parliament in Valletta and will be followed by a concert with various artists such as Beangrowers, Brikkuni, Cikku l-Poplu and Lapes.
The protests were triggered by the arrest of businessman Yorgen Fenech in November when he was caught trying to escape the island and called for the immediate resignation of the prime minister. Fenech has since been charged with being an accomplice in the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. Muscat announced that he will resign but not before mid-January.
Meanwhile, the Egrant report was released and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was titled the 2019 Person of the Year in Organized Crime and Corruption by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), sharing a title alongside figures such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even surpassing US President Donald Trump despite his impeachment proceedings.
Sunday’s protest is also being endorsed by Moviment Graffiti, UHM, KSU, The Times and The Malta Independent.