A group of around 200 activists, residents and concerned citizens gathered in Pembroke to protest a proposal by the db Group, which will see a hotel, residential tower and shops replace the old ITS building in St Julian’s.
The project has been mired by controversy from its inception after the government was accused of selling off the land for ‘peanuts’.
Residents are also concerned about the sheer size of the project.
The demonstration was organised by activist group Moviment Grafiti. A number of politicians also attended, including PN MPs Simon Busuttil and Karol Aquilina, Alternattiva Demokratika’s Arnold Cassola and the Partit Demokratiku’s Godfrey Farrugia and Timothy Alden.
Moviment Grafitti’s Andre Callus told protestors it is clear that the residents of Pembroke will be buried alive, with little sunshine, heavy dust, disturbances, increased traffic and a disrupted environment. The land in question is in a residential area.
One resident mocked db Group Silvio Debono’s introductory remarks of the project’s proposal, where he had spoken of respect. She questioned who was being respected because the residents certainly were not.
Original article found on The Malta Independent