Fabian Demicoli

Action on gatherings required at City Gate

 GRTU has today written the Hon Chris Said as responsible for Local Council, the Mayor of Valletta Local Council, the Police Corps and the Commissioner for Land, requesting immediate action on the gatherings occurring in City Gate on behalf of the shop owners of the Valletta city gate shopping arcades in Freedom Square.

Our concern relates to a situation that has been existing for now a considerable amount of time where a large group of youngsters have been gathering in the form of a gang in these arcades. These youngsters used to gather inside the arcade and they abused of the premises in every way.

 

Now they have been ousted from inside the arcades and by 17:00 hrs they gather in front of Libyan Arab Airways, and placate the first half of the front of the arcade from Trafalgar shop to Clavis.

GRTU brought to their attention that a gathering of more than 9 people is illegal and therefore such gathering in this area can no longer be permitted. This also because their way of behaving and the general atmosphere they are creating is being of detriment to the general image of the area and is negatively affecting business. The general public passing by is literally afraid to walk into the shops.

To give an idea, these youngsters have been reported by our members of loud and continuous blasphemy. We have to point out that in our country it is criminal offence to blaspheme.

Though the police have often had reports to take action, the action taken was insufficient and ineffective. One cannot accept that the law is being broken so evidently on a daily basis and no authority shoulder the responsibility and more still take definite action to bring the situation to an end.

 

 

 

 

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