U.S. Ambassador lays bouquet at Colectiv: “Unites States strongly supports anticorruption fight”

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On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm laid a bouquet at the former Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, in memory of the victims of the tragedy that occurred there on 30 October 2015.

The American official placed a bouquet of white flowers at the improvised altar outside the former Pionierul plant and kept a moment of silence for the 65 youngsters who died because of the injuries sustained in the fire. “We are here to remember that night and to express our condolences but also our solidarity. The message of those days was ‘corruption kills’ and I believe there is still strong belief in Romania that more should be done against corruption, and the United States will always support the fight against corruption.”

“My wife and I, we had barely arrived in Romania when the Colectiv tragedy happened. It left its mark on us. Back then people were shouting ‘corruption kills.’

“I believe Romania still has work to do on this chapter, and the United States of America strongly supports the anticorruption fight,” Ambassador Hans Klemm said.

On 30 October 2015, 300 young people were caught up in a terrible fire that gutted the Colectiv nightclub. Sixty-four people died – 27 on the night of the tragedy and 37 later in hospitals in Bucharest and abroad. One survivor committed suicide in 2017.

The fire started during a concert by Goodbye to Gravity, a Bucharest-based rock band that was launching its “Mantras of War” album.

Soloist Andrei Galut is the only band member who survived the tragedy.