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[WATCH] Thousands flock to vigil in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The blogger and Malta Independent columnist was murdered in a car bomb earlier today just as she left her house

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Yannick Pace
16 October 2017, 9:32pm
Vigil in Sliema to commemorate Daphne Caruana Galizia
Vigil in Sliema to commemorate Daphne Caruana Galizia
Thousands flock to vigil in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia
Over a thousand people attended a vigil organised this evening in honour of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered on Monday afternoon.

People holding candles started to congregate on the Sliema front close to Exiles, eventually walking together up to St Julian's, flooding the Sliema promenade all the way from Exiles to the LOVE sign in Spinola.

Many of those in attendance were visibly in shock at the day's events, expressing their disbelief that a journalist could be murdered in such a way in Malta.

Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb this afternoon as she was driving away from her home in Bidnija. It is believed to be one of the most powerful car bombs ever.

The assassination was the fifth this year, and the first to target an individual not known to be involved with criminal networks by the police.

News of the journalist's murder quickly spread with condolences pouring in from all over the island and beyond.

Public figures and politicians on both sides of the political divide condemned the barbaric attack against a member of the press, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat insisting this was an attack on freedom of expression in Malta.

Photos: James Bianchi
Photos: James Bianchi
People attending vigil in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia
People attending vigil in honour of Daphne Caruana Galizia
READ MORE: Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia?
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Upon arriving in Spinola, people poured onto the road and started clapping in honour of the slain journalist.  

Addressing the crowd on behalf of Caruana Galizia’s son, Matthew, family friend Luke Frendo said that Caruana Galizia was “not only a journalist but an absolutely fearless human being, but the fourth pillar of our democracy”.

“Today’s heinous crime was not only one against a human being and a journalist but against a pillar of everyone’s democracy,” he said, adding that he was certain her life was not for nothing.

Family friend Luke Frendo described Caruana Galizia as fearless human being and the fourth pillar of the country's democracy
Family friend Luke Frendo described Caruana Galizia as fearless human being and the fourth pillar of the country's democracy
“If there’s one thing that Daphne represented, and that I think she would have wanted us to hold true today, is that the fight that she’s been fighting for as long as I’ve been alive for justice is continued and fought everyday by us. It doesn’t end with her despicable murder.”  

The crowd, then started chanting we want justice, before collectively singing the national anthem.

From left to right:  Robert Arrigo, Kristina Chetcuti and Simon Busuttil, Mario De Marco and Adrian Delia
From left to right: Robert Arrigo, Kristina Chetcuti and Simon Busuttil, Mario De Marco and Adrian Delia
Among those present for the vigil were Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia, his predecessor Simon Busuttil and partner Kristina Chetcuti, PN deputy leaders Beppe Fenech Adami and Mario de Marco, MPs Edwin Vassallo, Hermann Schiavone, David Stellini, Kristy Debono, David Agius, Toni Bezzina and Robert Arrigo.

PN executive council president Ann Fenech, former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, as well as Labour Party CEO Randolph Debattista, the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the EU Cryus Engerer and a number of other public figures and politicians were also in attendance. 

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Yannick joined MaltaToday as a journalist in 2016. His main areas of interest are politics...