Maltese social media reacted with disgust to the actions of a Valletta crowd demanding that a man commit suicide from the ramparts near the entrance to the capital.
As images of a man walking through the walls of Valletta went viral on the internet, videos shared by Times of Malta showed people in a crowd under the man urging to jump.
The man was spoken back to security by police officers at the scene – but not before a crowd was caught telling the man to continue with it.
“Hurry up and do it so we can get back to work,” said one person. “Go home and stop wasting everyone’s time,” said another.
Online, people were amazed at what they heard.
“Such actions reflect on all of us as a society. Are we doing enough? How do we reach those we have not yet been able to reach when it comes to mental health awareness? ” Samantha Pace Gasan, Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, said.
“What a ridiculous, ignorant, angry and Neanderthal population! These happy Maltese ‘people’ urge a man to jump to his death to offer words of support! What a country! It’s nauseating to see! ” said another man.
“It simply came to our notice then. It disintegrated into dust after such an event – I’m embarrassed for you, “said content creator Luca Lorenzo.
“Nasty, outrageous, and heartbreaking.”
Although today’s suicide case ended – thankfully – with no deaths, such comments could be the last straw to push anyone from above.
How awesome the crowd’s comments were, the fact that so many people immediately called them shows that there are still some people who do not dare to act in such a sensitive moment.
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