A man who brandished a fake shotgun during yesterday's unofficial protest by hunters in Valletta has been arrested by the police, informed sources told Times of Malta this morning.

A number of people involved in yesterday's incidents in Valletta and Buskett have also been arrested and are being questioned.

It is illegal to carry a firearm, or a fake firearm, in public.

Some 200 hunters held a protest in Valletta yesterday, protesting over the suspension of the hunting season. They shouted obscenities at the government and the prime minister. A Times of Malta reporter and two photographers were manhandled.

Later, two birdwatchers were injured in a clash with hunters in Buskett. One of them suffered facial injuries when he was assaulted, while the other was hit by a stone.

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