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Sette Giugno Commemoration by the House of Representatives

Each year the Maltese Parliament commemorates events that took place on 7 June 1919 following a series of riots by the Maltese who were facing extreme poverty arising from steep increases in the price of bread. The crowds rebelled against the grain importers and flour millers who were considered to be making large profits from the increases in the price of food whilst the people were starving. British troops were called in to control the rioters, leading to shots being fired. Four Maltese persons, Manwel Attard, Karmnu Abela, Ġużè Bajada and Wenzu Dyer lost their lives during these riots.

These events marked a crucial point in Malta’s political history highlighting the urgent need for social and economic reforms. Following these events, and efforts by the Maltese authorities, Malta was granted the 1921 Amery-Milner Constitution, giving, for the first time, the right of self-government on domestic matters.

By way of Act VIII of 1989, which amended the National Holidays and other Public Holidays Act, the Sette Giugno was made one of the five national holidays. Traditionally, this day is commemorated by Parliament with a speech by the Speaker of the House and a wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the Sette Giugno monument. The monument to the victims of the riots was relocated from Palace Square to Hastings Gardens when embellishment works started on the Square in 2009, but was subsequently returned to its original location in 2016.

The speeches by the Speaker of the House on the occasion of the Sette Giugno, are linked below:

Date Event
07 June 1992 Speech by Speaker Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 1992 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1993 Speech by Speaker Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 1993 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1994 Speech by Speaker Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 1994 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1995 Speech by Speaker Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 1995 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1996 Speech by Speaker Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 1996 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1997 Speech by Speaker Myriam Spiteri Debono on the occasion of the 1997 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1998 Speech by Speaker Myriam Spiteri Debono on the occasion of the 1998 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 1999 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 1999 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2000 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2000 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2001 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2001 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2002 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2002 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2003 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2003 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2004 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2004 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2005 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2005 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2006 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2006 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2007 Speech by Speaker Anton Tabone on the occasion of the 2007 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2008 Speech by Speaker Louis Galea on the occasion of the 2008 Sette Giugno Commemoration
05 June 2009 Speech by Speaker Louis Galea on the occasion of the 2009 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2010 Speech by Speaker Michael Frendo on the occasion of the 2010 Sette Giugno Commemoration
07 June 2011 Speech by Speaker Michael Frendo on the occasion of the 2011 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2012 Speech by Speaker Michael Frendo on the occasion of the 2012 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2013 Speech by Speaker Anġlu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2013 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2014 Speech by Speaker Anġlu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2014 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
05 June 2015 Speech by Speaker Anġlu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2015 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2016 Speech by Speaker Anglu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2016 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2017 Speech by Speaker Anġlu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2017 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)
06 June 2018 Speech by Speaker Anglu Farrugia on the occasion of the 2018 Sette Giugno Commemoration (MT)  (EN)