Labour’s new precedent: indicting activists for protesting on public property

Yesterday, NGO Repubblika held an impromptu protest at the premises of the Public Broadcasting Services to protest Television Malta’s lack of coverage of its activities. Repubblika has been one of the foremost NGOs in the fight against corruption and its President, Robert Aquilina appears regularly in public meetings promoting the rule of law. His brother, Karol Aquilina, who is in parliament, is also an active politician involved in matters of the rule of law.

Today, Robert Aquilina was interrogated by the police following a complaint by the corrupt chairman of PBS, Mark Sammut. This is a new precedent, or a renewal of a Labour tradition from the 1980s. Protesters in public spaces and on government property were never actively prosecuted by the police. Even recently, Moviment Graffitti held various protests in government entities including a protest inside the Planning Authority. Prosecutions of individuals in these protests have not happened in many years.

PBS Chairman Mark Sammut is also one of the Labour Party hacks involved in the Transport Malta racket where he sent references to Clint Mansueto for their driver’s license. The police have not interrogated Mark Sammut on the Transport Malta racket but have very willingly and actively reciprocated to Mark Sammut’s criminal complaint on a group of activists who held a protest at PBS.

Mark Sammut


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