Taking to social media, activist group Moviment Graffiti alleged that Comino operators orchestrated set ups to stop the protest on the island.
Posting a photo of trash cans, they reported that the rubbish bins were not typical of Blue Lagoon. Instead, the NGO said, they are containers for cold drinks which the deckchair operators were handing out freely to people brought in to stop the protest.
The activist group were informed by an unknown source that at 7am on the day of the protest, a dinghy owned by entrepreneur Joseph Portelli, left Imgarr, Ghawdex, loaded with thirty people.
These people were allegedly to be used to fill up the spaces on Comino and prevent the protest from happening. ‘Joseph Portelli is a business partner of Daniel Refalo, one of the two deckchair operators in Blue Lagoon.’
‘We can confirm that these people arrived on Comino and started to occupy space before the protest. However, police ordered that they leave the area, despite some of them sticking around and intruding on the protest by playing loud music during the discourse.’
One of them also ended up in a physical altercation with one of thee protestors, with the NGO also noticing that the deckchair operators were offering them free food and drink throughout the whole day.
The NGO highlighted how some of Malta’s big names have a tendency to utilise their own workers – Maltese or foreigners – to intimidate protestors. ‘But bullies do not scare us. The fight continues’ the statement by the NGO concluded.
Photo Source: Moviment Graffiti FB