Roberta Metsola feels the latest threat has gone one step too far as the Nationalist MEP continues being targeted by xenophobes and racists.

Ms Metsola will be forwarding the death threat to the police after an unknown individual who called himself Save Malta posted on Facebook: 'She should be shot'.

This was posted in reply to another post where she was called 'F** poison'.

"I didn't get into politics to be liked, and I do expect criticism, but the level of intolerance and hatred in Malta is unbelievable," Ms Metsola told Times of Malta this morning.

The reaction comes after Ms Metsola's speech in the aftermath of the Cologne attacks in the European Parliament last week.

"Ironically my speech last week underlined that integration is a two-way street," she said.

It is not the first time that the MEP was the target of hate speech because of her views on migration. In 2014, a man had written that he hoped she would be gang-raped by illegal immigrants, later saying that his account had been hacked.

"I receive threats all the time. The letters, the emails, the voice message I receive are unbelievable. The messages range from the incoherent to the ones that are well-written. This is very worrying."

Dr Metsola said it was incredible that the level of hatred towards migrants had shot up when Malta had not received any asylum seekers by boat in a year.

The Speaker of the Maltese Parliament, Anglu Farrugia and the Nationalist Party condemned the threats and expressed solidarity with Dr Metsola.


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