In a video message posted on Sunday on his Facebook page, President Klaus Iohannis called on Romanians to show solidarity and ask authorities to be responsible in order to avoid new tragedies like Friday’s night fire in the Colectiv club of Bucharest, as the death toll hit 30 and scores of the more than 140 wounded admitted in hospitals were in a critical condition.
“In these moments it is our duty to learn a lesson, one unfortunately paid with so many lives and so much suffering. We are not allowed to tolerate any longer the incompetence of some authorities, the inefficiency of some institutions; we cannot let anymore the corruption spread until it kills. Each of us must fully assume the role of active and involved citizens, knowing how to act together because they care about the society and the country we live in; we must show solidarity and ask authorities to be responsible, so that such tragedies never occur again. Tenths of harshly hit youths and their families deserve this commitment of ours,” the President said in his message.
He underscored the tragedy should be considered with compassion and responsibility.
“Ladies and gentlemen, my dear compatriots, I am addressing today each one of you with the thought we’re going through a moment of hard woes. A terrible tragedy has hit hundreds of Romanian families. Either we think to those who perished in the devastating fire or we pray for the health and survival of youths struggling for their lives in hospitals, we must consider this tragedy with all our compassion and equally with all our responsibility. There are moments when a nation shows the extent of its cohesion, of its solidarity, and ultimately of its strength. Today we all can show we do care and we are united. Hundreds of nurses, attendants and doctors who reported to their hospitals without being called or having to, the thousands of Romanians who donated blood or the dozens of students and volunteers who offered their support wherever it was necessary have already proved it,” Iohannis continued. More…