Teacher on 60 Days Hunger Strike

Cristina Irina Anghel, 51, a Romanian primary school teacher, is entering her 60th day on hunger strike, in protest against the government’s pay cuts of 25 percent on all public workers. She is now receiving intra-venous vitamins and liquids, but no food. The teacher has announced she is not willing to give up on her protest, despite numerous requests from her family, friends and other teachers in the country.

On Thursday, another teacher, from Botoşani, a county in the North-Eastern part of Romania, has announced that she would be also going on hunger strike, in support of Mrs. Anghel. Politicians, so far, have avoided discussing the teacher’s protest. The teachers’ labour union has started gathering signatures on a petition to ask Mrs. Anghel to give up on the protest that is endangering her life.

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