Sette Giugno

 

In 1986, the Sette Giugno monument was inaugurated at Palace Square (St George’s square in front of the Grandmasters Palace) in Valletta. This monument dedicated to the Sette Giugno riots of 1919 is a work by Anton Agius, one of Malta’s most important 20th century artists and sculptors. It features six men with naked torsos: two stand defiantly holding the Maltese flag while the other four, representing the victims and the many who were injured in the riots, are seen dramatically reacting to the events with one succumbing to his wounds.

 

The Maltese Parliament declared the day to be one of the five national days of the island, with the first official remembrance of the day occurring on 7th June, 1919.