In the light of the extraordinary circumstances that have occurred at the prisons since last Sunday Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl publicly deplores the actions that are currently being taken by the larger part of the prisoners. We feel that these actions are unnecessary, and may be of a detriment to the prisoners themselves.
As is well known, during the past weeks Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl organised a public campaign in favour that all prisoners be granted an amnesty on the occasion of Malta’s accession to the European Union. We have done this so that the celebrations for the occasion shall be truly for everyone, including the prisoners and their families. We still do believe this. However we surely do not believe, and incidentally we do denounce, that certain measures should be used such as those being currently done by the prisoners. During the past days Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl made various appeals directly to the prisoners so that they would not do such actions, and to accept quietly and with resignation any decision that may eventually be taken as regards the amnesty. With regret we note that these appeals were not listened to.
Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl would also like to extend its solidarity to all officials and wardens at the prisons during this moment of particular delicacy. We do this especially with the warden who unfortunately was attacked yesterday.
Finally, once more we publicly appeal to the prisoners to stop immediately the unjustifiable actions that they are doing so that they may return back to the cooperation that existed between then, between us, and between the prison authorities.