National Protest to Save Żonqor

Thousands of citizens this morning joined the national protest by Front Harsien ODZ to save Żonqor point.  It is estimated that the total number of participants was 3,000 and more.

As member of ADŻ Malta Green Youth and as an activist, I’ve joined several protests over the years.  However, I cannot remember to have ever seen such a large crowd protesting in our capital city.  Several activists, organisations, politicians from all parties and citizens were present.

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The proposed university will be built on natural and semi-natural land outside the development zone.  Such ODZ land should not be built up.  Urban development has drastically increased over the last 50 years.  While we encourage investment in education, this should be done in a sustainable manner.  Since we’ve already lost a substantial part of our countryside due to increased urban development, it does not make sense to take more land on such a tiny island.  We already have limited space and our green areas have already experienced a significant downward trend.

I would like to thank all those who participated in today’s protest.  Only if we all unite as a nation can we succeed to stop another environmental disaster.

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Pascal Aloisio (ADŻ Malta Green Youth Executive Member)

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