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This is not just about Daphne


A friend of mine asked me whether I would be joining next Sunday's National Demonstration. And what exactly is its point going to be? Demanding justice? Resignations? Something else?

I cannot speak for the organisers but I will speak for myself.

My demand is one: I don't want to live in a Mafia state any more. Justice needs to be done, and it can never be done when those who led the country to this situation are the ones overseeing the investigations. That heads should roll is the barest minimum. Institutional reforms remain my ultimate aim. But those reforms can never be led by those who corrupted the institutions in the first place for their financial and personal gain.

This is not just about who murdered Daphne. It is about the culture of impunity. It is about how the institutions were destroyed, and how corruption and criminality have been normalised over the years. With every failure by the Police to act, every failure by the AG to prosecute, and every time government protected and in cases even promoted criminals rather than sought to take action.

We have closed our eyes to living off the proceeds of international crime for too long. Now that we've seen its true face, life can't go on as usual. We should not rest, we should not retreat back to our daily lives, we should not become comfortably numb again, until  our demands are met and things are changed.

Daphne Caruana Galizia became a vulnerable target because we have left her to face this fight alone. But this shall not be allowed to happen again. If we fight this fight together, they cannot kill us all.

That's why I'm going to be there. And if you care, that's why you should too.


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