Twenty-three NGOs have got together to express their deep sadness over the death of an Ivorian migrant, who was shot in Ħal Far over the weekend.
The NGOs also sent their wishes to the two other victims of the shooting, saying they hoped for their full recovery without permanent or serious damage.
"Whatever the actual reasons for this terrible incident, it affects not only the three victims but the entire migrant community in creating a sense of fear, lack of security and isolation. It also affects us all, a nation jolted by an appalling act of violence," they said.
They urged Malta’s highest authorities to unequivocally condemn all forms of violence – whatever their motivation.
"We caution that, should it emerge that this was in fact a racially-motivated incident, Malta would be called upon to face far more than an act of assault, but far graver crime aimed at instilling terror in entire communities."
Lassana Cisse, a 42-year-old man from the Ivory Coast, was shot to death last Saturday night. The motive remains unknown.
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