It was the slogan which won Labour its landslide victory back in March 2013 but Malta Tagħna Lkoll has been slowly taking a life of its own and rearing its ugly head.
This all seems to have started back then when prisoners were given a 100 day amnesty resulting in 143 prisoners walking free. Many were enraged by this decision and this episode was only the start of the bad juju for Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia.
When Mallia visited the inmates at Corradino the prisoners started to chant ‘Tagħna lkoll, tagħna lkoll’ turning this PR event into a double edged sword which was only the start of Mallia’s troubles.
Days passed and with every decision the new Labour government was taking the Tagħna Lkoll slogan would come back to haunt them;
L-Aministija taghna lkoll
Il-Kultura tagħna lkoll
L-Armier tagħna lkoll
And the list goes on, everyday reinforced with a new appointment to a government board which seem to be dished out like hot, steamy, pastizzi.
But since Muscat decided it would be a good idea to play chess with human lives, and went for the controversial threat of pushbacks, the Malta Tagħna Lkoll slogan has been perversely applied to a group on Facebook. This group will be staging an anti-immigration protest – oh sorry I mean ‘Pro Malta’ protest – which funnily enough is a protest ‘In favour of the Government’s fight against illegal immigration’.
Malta Tagħna, and Malta Tagħna Biss are the cries which can be found on the Facebook group totaling almost 5000 members (no I will not be positing any links to said group which is clearly promoting racism). Said group page is also filled with links to news stories of Muslims doing horrible acts as if being a rapist, a murderer or a sick fuck is mutually exclusive to your religion.
As days go by, and the 4th August (the day of the protest) is drawing closer, some fire fighting seems to be happening. The Times of Malta, yesterday, decided to carry a story about the Prime Minister’s thoughts with regards this protest. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he does not approve of such a demonstration, failing to address the matter that this protest is being done in honour of the Government. Well yes, actions do happen to have consequences and when the Prime Minister threatened to go ahead with pushbacks he opened up a Pandora’s box filled with racism and xenophobia.
Meanwhile L-Orizzont published a story about a group of people who will be charged for inciting racial hatred on Facebook. When this news item was posted on the popular Facebook Page, Malta Diżastru Totali a barrage of comments ensued citing Freedom of Expression. News flash? Well Freedom of Expression is not absolute and is subject to limitations – one such limitation being hate speech.
Turns out Joe Demicoli will not be one of the members who will be charged by the Police who claimed his song is satirical – yes the song was done a few years back but is currently being used as the soundtrack to this protest. Unfortunately I cannot see the satire, the constructive social criticism, normally relative to satire, in the song escapes me but take a look for yourself and let me know what you think.