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Sunday, September 28, 2008

In Malta, the Right to Bear Wreaths

Political rivals of Malta’s current president stage a floral rebellion on the Mediterranean nation’s Independence Day.

imageMalta’s Coat-of-Arms, with olive and palm branches

Image: Wiki

Nothing shouts like a ritual wreath, big, beautiful – and imperious. Whoever lays a wreath at a public monument comes through loud and clear, all the way to the cheap seats: “Got Power If You Want It!”

And nothing communicates to the newspapers like a breach in wreath-laying protocol. This past week, “a storm in a teacup” swept in after leaders of the Labour Party and opposition toted a big wreath to the Independence monument in Floriana on Malta’s Independence Day. No big deal, you say?

Very big deal.

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Posted by Julie on 09/28 at 08:30 PM
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