Oksana Sy­roid

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - – Oleg Sukhov

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.

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