ADZ – Malta Green Youth has called on MEPA to halt further development in Wied il-Ghasel during next Thursday’s appeal. As the last remaining natural valley passing through a village-centre, which MEPA itself lists as an area of ecological importance, the valley should be protected accordingly.
Reuben Zammit, chairperson of ADZ, stated: “Irreversible damage has
already been done to the valley. Further incursions would deprive us
of yet another of our few remaining undeveloped areas and of what
little is left of our countryside and natural waterways. We therefore
join Alternattiva Demokratika, Nature Trust and Harsien Patrimonju
Mosti in clamouring for an end to this madness. MEPA cannot possibly
ignore the objections of 24,000 Maltese who hold the valley at heart.”
Last Sunday, around 20 individuals joined ADZ in an extensive tour of
the valley lasting over four hours. The tour was conducted by a
professional guide who pointed out the natural as well as historical
beauties of the valley and contrasted them with the man-made scar that the contested development constitutes.
In view of the recent violent attacks on members of Birdlife and CABS activists, Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh – the Green Youth would like to bring to attention the seriousness of intimidating people one disagrees with.
Spokesperson for ADZ Dirk Urpani stated ‘four years ago we witnessed arson attacks on people who dared open their mouth on the issue of racism. Now something on the same lines is happening against people who dare oppose illegal hunting by filming it. This is a crime more serious than illegal hunting itself as it sends a message to society that some people can get what they want by the use of physical violence”
“It is even more worrying that the FKNK seems to be watering down these abuses claiming ‘provocation’. It is also making unfounded claims that the activists were trespassing. However, even if against all odds, this is really the case, the violence is unjustified. In that case, the aggressors had the option of calling the police.” Concluded Mr Urpani.
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Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ tixtieq tiġbed l-attenzjoni dwar l-użu ta’ vjolenza u intimidazzjoni fuq persuni li wieħed mhux neċċessarjament jaqbel magħhom kif ġara fl-aħħar sensila ta’ attakki vjolenti fuq membri tal-Birdlife u l-attivisiti tal-CABS.
Kelliem għal ADZ Dirk Urpani qal, “Erba’ snin ilu rajna attakki fuq persuni li kellhom il-kuraġġ jitkellmu dwar il-kwistjoni ta’ razziżmu. Issa qegħdin naraw attakki fuq persuni li jopponu apertament il-kaċċa llegali u jifilmjawha. Dan ir-reat hu iktar serju minn dak tal-kaċċa llegali innifisha għax jgħati x’jifhem li hemm persuni li jistghu jieħdu dak li jridu billi jużaw il-vjolenza fiżika.”
“Aktar inkwetatni hu l-fatt li l-FKNK qegħdin jipprovaw inaqqsu l-gravita ta’ dawn l-atti billi jsostnu li kienu risposta għal ‘provokazzjoni’ li kaċċaturi ġarrbu meta l-attivisti daħlu fi propjeta privata. Anqas li kieku dak li qegħdin jgħidu l-FKNK hu minnu, dan xorta ma jiġustifikax l-użu tal-vjolenza. F’dak il-każ setgħu ċemplu l-puluzija”, temm jghid is-Sur Urpani
Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh spokesperson Dirk Urpani said that while there may be circumstances in which road blocks may be necessary these circumstances and the procedures used should be well defined.
Dirk Urpani said: ‘The use of road blocks should be the exception rather than the rule. Law enforcement resources should be put to better use. The reasons on what constitutes ‘reasonable suspicion’ should be clearly defined. Stopping people who are driving dangerously or are using a vehicle unfit for the road – such as lack of proper lights is one thing; just pulling up people because of their looks is another. Organized crime will not be stopped through road blocks where most of the time young people are targeted because of the way they dress or look.’
To make sure that road blocks are only used when really necessary and in exceptional circumstances ADZ proposes that a report is filed for every person stopped. Filming the procedure to safeguard individuals stopped and to make sure that the procedures are followed should also be considered.
Serious checks and balances will guarantee the general public that their rights are respected, and will help restore back the faith in our law enforcement agencies, which in recent times has been tarnished.
Roadblocks u l-Liberta Civili
Il-keliem ewlieni ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh, Dirk Urpani, qal li waqt li jezistu cirkustansi fejn road blocks huma neccesarji, dawn ic-cirkustansi u proceduri ghandhom ikunu definiti iktar ahjar.
Dirk Urpani qal: ‘L-uzu ta’ road blocks ghandhom ikunu eccezzjonijiet, u mhux rutina. Ir-rizorsi tal-infurzar tal-ligi ghandhom jigu uzati b’mod aktar ahjar. Il-klawzula li juzaw l-ufficjali tal-infurzar tal-ligi ta’ ‘suspet ragonevoli’ ghanda tigi defenita iktar cara. Mod jigu mmwaqfa nies li qedghin isuqu perikoluz, jew isuqu karrozza li mihiex posta fuq it-toroq minhabba affarjiet bhan-nuqas ta’ dawl li taghti l-karrozza; u mod jigu mmwaqfa nies minhabba kif jilbsu. Il-kriminalita organizata mhux ser titwaqqaf bil-hila tar-road blocks, meta hafna mid-drabi jigu mmwaqfa zghazagh minhabba t-tip ta’ hwejjeg li jilbsu u kif jaghzlu li jidru.’
Biex ir-road blocks jintuzaw biss meta jkun neccessarju u f’cirkustansi eccezjonali, ADZ qed tiproponi li ghal kull persuna mmwaqfa jinkiteb rapport mil-ufficjal. Ghanda wkoll tigi konsiderata li l-procedura shiha tigi ddokumentata fuq film biex l-individwi li jigu mmwaqfa jigu salvagwardati u biex jigi impost li l-procedura t-tajba tigi mharsa.
Mizuri bhal dawn jiggarantixxu lil pubbliku li d-drittijiet taghhom jigu mharsa, kif ukoll jghinu lil forzi tal-ordni jergghu jiksbu l-fiducja mal-publiku li dan l-ahhar naqset gmiela.
Robert Callus, PRO, Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ, Mosta
If there is one thing that keeps young people away from politics it is hypocrisy: the feeling of being lied to, of being told that things are being done in your own interest when you know it was never like that.
After decades of rampant abuse and overdevelopment in our beautiful island of Gozo, the PN came out with the concept of eco-Gozo only during its electoral campaign after the Greens had been already proposing as such.
Though the eco-Gozo buzzword is still being used, no concrete action is taking place to stop the rape of this island. What is happening with the proposed development at the pristine land at Ta’ Ċenċ?
Why is the Mepa appeals board still dragging its feet on the Ramla l-Ħamra villas? This not to mention the eyesores at Fort Chambray, the concrete block at Dwejra and the destruction of small hamlets such as Santu Pietru in Għarb by replacing the countryside with even more flats. What is happening about the proposal of the new village to be built at Ħondoq? Moreover, what is happening with regard to the fact that one in every three properties are empty in Gozo?
An honest commitment towards a real eco-Gozo would be a win-win situation in terms of preserving our natural environment, promoting health and, above all, attracting tourists.
In places such as the UK, millions of pounds are spent to create synthetic places like our beautiful island.
They crave for something like that and, even if it’s artificial and expensive, they want to have it in their own backyard. Yet, our government is foolishly destroying what we have for free in the interest of the few.
Zminijietna supports Editor of Students’ Organisation Newspaper ‘Realta’
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left finds the decision taken by the University Rector, Juanito Camilleri, to ask the police to proceed legally against Mark Camilleri, editor of the student’s newspaper Realta, possibly imprisoning him, an intimidation.
“Zminijietna declares its full support and solidarity to Mark Camilleri, holding that the whole issue is set to a right wing, conservative ideological agenda, meant to undermine the freedom of speech on the campus and elsewhere.
It is ironic that no action was taken when SDM, which is represented in KSU, interviewed Norman Lowell, known for his racist and xenophobic ideology, which interview was also held at the KSU boardroom. Could it be that no one objected to this behaviour because SDM holds a privileged status at University?
Zminijietna joins other youth and students organisations such as Moviment Graffitti and Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh in their support and solidarity to Mark Camilleri.
Zminijietna appeals to other students’ organisation to extend their support and solidarity to Mark Camilleri, a colleague who is a victim of a conservative plot to punish and intimidate whom they classify as radical or progressive.
“It would be a dark day for democracy in Malta , a member of the European Union to send a person to prison because of his liberal thinking.”