Samopomich party lawmaker Oksana Syroid on June 20 started a hunger strike to protest what she sees as President Petro Poroshenko’s efforts to discredit and obstruct Samopomich and its leader, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy.
Syroid, a deputy speaker of parliament, went on hunger strike in front of the Presidential Administration together with Oleh Berezyuk, leader of Samopomich’s parliamentary faction, and was hospitalized on June 24.
Poroshenko’s critics accuse the president of banning all other regions from helping Lviv to dispose of its garbage, while he denies the accusations. Garbage has been accumulating in the city since a court ordered the closure of Lviv Oblast’s main garbage disposal facility in 2016 after a fire. Central authorities have also been reluctant to re-open the existing garbage disposal site or allocate a land plot for a new one.
Samopomich believes the “garbage blockade” of Lviv to be a ploy by the president to discredit and influence Sadovy, who could be a major competitor of Poroshenko in the 2019 presidential election.
Syroid and her fellow Samopomich lawmakers have authored many reformist initiatives, including bills to create an independent anti-corruption court and to bring the prosecution service and the judiciary in line with European standards.