On Wednesday evening a silent march is to be held in Valletta down Republic Street where people will carry candles and a picture of murdered migrants Mamadou Kamara and Ifeanyi Nwokoye. The march will start from the Triton Fountain in Floriana.
The organizers say that this is not a protest march against Maltese soldiers or those who work in detention centres with immigrants. “We just want the human rights of immigrants to be expected. What happened to Mamadou Kamara and Ifeanyi Nwokoye is the result of institutional racism and not just of individual responsibility.”
The silent protest march is being held after Mamadou Kamara, an immigrant from Mali, died 10 days ago while in the custody of detention security officers who are being charged with his murder. The incident has also provoked an outburst of racism against immigrants in Malta.
The silent protest march is being organised by groups and individuals who work with immigrants in Malta.
Nigerian immigrant Ifeanyi Nwokoye died in circumstances similar to those of Kamara but Nwokoye’s death did not cause the same public outcry.