Lviv mayor and leader of the Samopomich Union party arrived at the Presidential Administration to see Oleh Bereziuk, Oksana Syroyid and Taras Pastukh, who have been on a hunger strike for five and four days respectively demanding to stop the arbitrariness of the authorities and to stop the garbage siege of Lviv.
“Hunger strike is the last strong word, when nobody hears you. We have been beating the alarm for a year, and no one has heard. The state authorities only pretended they were helping, while the city was in trouble. I have been living with this for a year; we have never been treated worse for all the years of the country’s independence.
In my opinion, it was only thanks to the position of Oleh Bereziuk, Oksana Syroyid and Taras Pastukh that some kind of work began on the part of the state authorities. Today, the state of health of Oleh Bereziuk has worsened, but, as far as I understand, he does not intend to stop the hunger strike. Oksana Syroyid and Taras Pastukh are still holding on, but I’m also very worried about their health and I would like everything to turn out for the best,” said Andriy Sadovyi.
According to the mayor of Lviv, if at the state level all the necessary decisions are made and there is dynamics in the removal of garbage from Lviv, if the systemic nature of the blockage does not happen again, then Oleh Bereziuk, Oksana Syroyid, and Taras Pastukh will stop their hunger strike.
At the same time, Andriy Sadovyi notes that if there is the will of the authorities, the problem can be resolved in a very short time.
“In this building (the Presidential Administration), if desired, the problem can be solved in five minutes. I will wait for a decision that will be irrevocable, will allow lifting the blockade from the city of Lviv and will allow my colleagues to stop the hunger strike.
We have been living in a garbage blockade for a year. Unfortunately, the situation that we have today in Lviv is already a very serious crisis and even the yesterday’s meeting of the commission on emergency situations at the state level has not yet yielded results. We do not have the dynamics that should be there. Only a small volume of garbage has been disposed of, but there are still 11,900 tons of garbage in the city. This is a very large volume.
Today we are ready to transfer the powers to collect garbage to the regional state administration. But I don’t think this decision will be eligible without government guarantees. Therefore, I believe a relevant resolution must be adopted.
The landfills begin to open, because the state machine gave a clear command. But this meeting of the commission should have taken place a year ago. Therefore, I do not clearly know whether the President and the Prime Minister realize the real situation. I would like them to understand it,” Andriy Sadovyi concludes.