Steel-helmeted police with barbed wire barriers are in evidence in the streets of Valetta these days.
Steel-helmeted police with barbed wire barriers are in evidence in the streets of Valetta these days. They are enforcing the ban on public processions and demonstrations.
There was an unconfirmed report that a further detachment of a Royal Marines Commando had landed in Malta from Tripoli, but it was not possible to obtain official comment on this.
It seems evident that Mr Mintoff, with the support of the Malta Labour party and the General Workers Union, is determined to keep a head of steam on the crisis boilers. An authoritative official said: "What Mr Mintoff really wants is blood to flow. He needs that for his propaganda machine."
The feeling in authoritative quarters is that unrest in Malta is by no means at an end. "Things may calm down a little until there is another general election. But in a sense this is only a beginning. Mr Mintoff has built up much of value to Malta, but now he seems to be determined to pull down the whole edifice in ruins round the ears of the Maltese.
It is to be hoped that the actions of Mr Mintoff will not force the Governor, Sir Robert Laycock, on the instructions of his Government, to suspend the constitution. So far he has acted with decision, to maintain the security of the islanders themselves, and to allow time for the elections to take place in a calmer atmosphere.