Yehor Soboliev addressing the people of Lviv: Now is the time when the city has to stand up for itself

During his speech in the Verkhovna Rada, Samopomich MP Yehor Soboliev appealed to the people of Lviv to establish public control over the activities of officials who have the authority to solve the problem of blocking the removal of garbage from the city.

“You know it better than me that you were actually sieged because of our actions, our position: because of our resisting the idea of writing in the Ukrainian Constitution that the occupation of part of Donbas is a special form of self-government; because of our demands to bring to justice not only those who shot people at Euromaidan, but also those who are covering them now; because of our position against trading with the occupied territories and the invader itself, since this trade gives the invader the strength to attack our lands, our people.

Now the city is paying for our position. Everybody without exception is paying, including the people who did not vote for Andriy Sadovyi and those who don’t even have the right to vote yet, because they have been just born and they are small children.

I want to tell you that now is the time when the city must protect itself, when the city has to stand up for itself. It’s in our culture and traditions – to respect the state, respect its institutions. The actions of the chairman of the Samopomich faction, Oleh Bereziuk, who is from Lviv originally, and the Vice Speaker Oksana Syroid, also originally from Lviv, are the result of total failure and inability of the Verkhovna Rada to put an end to such a cynical policy.

These are good deeds. Nonviolent resistance can attract public attention and today the whole country is discussing how to solve this problem. But believe our experience – without people’s revolt, without their protection of their own rights, unfortunately, nothing can be done: we can neither protect the Constitution, nor bring the killers to justice or stop the trade with the occupied territories and the occupier.

Therefore, I have a request to all Lviv residents: organize yourself – you have always known how to do this, we have learnt this from you. Unite, establish public control over the actions of each official – local or national – who must help solve this problem, lift the siege and restore the status of the European city of Ukraine, of which we are all very proud. Of course, we as the people of Kyiv will be happy to come to help you in this matter, just as you have repeatedly come to help us,” said Yehor Soboliev.

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