The mayor of Brad, Deva County, Florin Cazacu ended on Saturday his hunger strike after six days, following the government’s approving the allocation of extra funds for his locality, Mediafax writes. Cazacu had started the hunger strike last Monday, because the government did not allocate the necessary funds to the company that provides heating to the town and over 3,000 apartments were thus left without heating. The cabinet eventually allocated RON 1 M to the heating company, money that Cazacu says is enough to cover for this winter’s needs. “I talked about it with my colleagues, local councillors, I got many calls to stop the protest. Honestly, my health condition has also got worse in this period (…). I think I need to have my strength to carry out this fight and to make sure the town of Brad has heating,” Cazacu told Mediafax.
His gesture was criticised by Interior Minister Traian Igas, who said the mayor did nothing the entire summer, while other mayors in similar situations found solutions. Opposition Social-Democrat leader Victor Ponta in turn said Igas’s statements are irresponsible and show that the government is “anti-national”.