New monument to mark 100th anniversary of the Sette Giugno riots
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The 100th anniversary of the tragic events of Sette Giugno was commemorated on Sunday morning during a special ceremony held in Xaghra.
A new monument dedicated to the victims of the riots, which took place on the 7th of June 1919, was inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana in Bullara Street, the location of the original dwelling of Guzeppi Bajada, one the victims who lost his life on that day.
The monument was the work of marble maker, Raymond Bonello and designed by Dr Aaron Attard Hili.
The Minister for Gozo thanked the Regional and National Celebrations Committee within the Ministry for Gozo and all those involved in the organisation of the event.The morning started with a Pontifical Mass at in the Basilica, which was followed by a commemorative ceremony in Victory Square, including music by the Brass Quintet of the Armed Forces of Malta under their musical director Jonathan Borg.
The Xaghra Historical Reenactment Organisation performed a reenactment from the Second World War, followed by the laying of wreaths at the new monument.
On the 7th of June 1919, riots, precipitated by the economic state of Malta post-World War I, resulted in the death of four civilian protesters, including one from Xaghra, Gozo, following shootings by British servicemen.
On that fateful day the Maltese people revolted against the British administration and demanded some form of representative government for the island.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri