Updated | Peaceful protestors will be amongst celebrators behind rails on Republic Day

Organisers of the protest met with police on Wednesday to discuss proceedings on the day

Protestors are urged to bring posters and whistles to a protest outside the law courts in Valletta
Protestors are urged to bring posters and whistles to a protest outside the law courts in Valletta

Rule of law NGO Repubblika will organise a peaceful protest this Friday, on Republic Day, in Valletta while republic day celebrations and parades are taking place in the capital.

"The best way to celebrate Republic Day is to defend the Republic from the web of criminality that has taken hold of our country's institutions," the NGO said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Repubblika, Manuel Delia, and Occupy Justice will meet outside the law courts in Valletta at 9:15am and have invited the public to bring posters and whistles. 

The representatives of the organisers met with Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar on Wednesday on the request of the police. "The meeting was cordial and all parties were satisfied with the result," they said in a statement.

The organisers told police that protestors are encouraged to participate in the Republic Day celebrations and peacefully display banners and picket signs in disapproval of the government. This disapproval, they told police, was in no way directed to the armed forces or the police who would be fulfilling their duty on the day. 

"The protestors will be present behind the barriers and will not attempt to create obstacles for the parade or the armed forces," a Repubblika representative told MaltaToday. 

The contingent of the Armed Forces of Malta will be accompanied by a marching band outside parliament in Freedom Square at around 9:30am. The contingent will march along Republic Street and all the way to St George's Square, where a ceremonial parade will start at 10am.

The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, President George Vella and other distinctive guests will be present for the parade. 

At 11am in the Grandmaster's Palace, the President will give out medals during an investiture ceremony. Vella will then place a memorial wreath at the foot of the monument of Republic Malta in Marsa. 

Late in the afternoon at 5pm, a number of marches organised by La Valette Musical Society will take place in Valletta.  

"In the present circumstances, it's altogether correct and it is our duty to address our message of protest to those people, the President and the parliamentarians, who could get our country out of the mess that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat flung our country in," the organisers said.

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