SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

3 people were arrested in Simferopol as several dozens of people gathered in Simferopol Gagarin Park to mark anniversary of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko-- a huge part of the Ukrainian culture, amid the authorities’ ban to conduct the gathering in the city center.

People were holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags.

According to Crimean Field Mission on Human Rights, the organizer of the event, who was arrested, had earlier unfurled the Ukrainian flag with the inscription “Crimea is Ukraine”. Now the organizer and two participants of the gathering are detained in Simferopol police station.

It should be noted that local authorities had banned conducting events dedicated to Ukrainian poet Shevchenko in Simferopol’ Shevchenko Park, which is located in Crimean capital’s center. They had banned the majority of mass events in the centre of Simferopol since the region’s unification with Russia a year ago.

Note: Shevchenko—Ukraine’s most prominent poet, well-known all over the World-- was born a peasant in 1814 in a part of the Russian Empire which is now Ukraine. He spent most of his life as a servant studying art and in 1845 he was exiled for his beliefs of liberating Ukraine. He was imprisoned in St. Petersburg where he wrote some of his greatest poems before he died in 1861 at the age of 47.

There are statues of him all across the world including Winnipeg, Ukraine, Russia, and multiple European countries.

QHA