Cristian Popescu Piedone on Wednesday informed on Facebook that he had filed his candidature to run for the District 4 Bucharest City Hall, although he had announced that he stepped aside following the Colectiv tragedy. He is criminally prosecuted in this case.
Piedone mentioned he would run as an independent. “It hasn’t been easy to take this step: I filed my candidature for the District 4 city hall (…) I am grateful to God that all this period I have met people who reminded me what I represent for them. I am grateful to you, because when we met or in your messages on Facebook you told me you appreciated me for what I did in our district. But you also told me something it hurt me: you asked me why I am not doing anything for you, why I abandoned you?”, Piedone wrote on his Facebook page.
He pointed out that he is waiting for the magistrates to rule in his case, adding that it’s the constitutional right of every citizen to go to the polls.
“I have been thinking a lot in the past months of who I am and how can I repair my human honor (…) You can decide if I still deserve to take care of the District 4. After all, it’s the constitutional right of any citizen to go to the polls. You don’t need to take to the streets to decide who deserves to be mayor. It’s enough for you to vote,” Piedone added.
The District 4 mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone, who was asked to step aside following the Colectiv tragedy, resigned on November 4. Back then, Piedone used to say that he is going to withdraw from the political life. He also said he is assuming the moral guilt for the Colectiv tragedy, while he will let the magistrates decide about the criminal guilt.
Piedone also served a one-week jail time in this case, with the judges settling a judicial control on bail worth RON 1.5M, which was however repealed ten days later.
In retort, the GTG3010 Colectiv Association ‘firmly protested against Cristian Popescu Piedone’s candidature for a new term at the helm of the District 4 city hall” on the ground that his resignation took place against the drama from the Colectiv nightclub.
“Considering that the fire has been one of the biggest catastrophe with a massive inflow of burnt people not only in the national history, but also in the recent international one, we doubt that he can be in charge in a position where he should be responsible for the daily safety of such a large number of citizens in the District 4,” reads the association’s press release.