The rally started at Anadolu Square in the heart of Ankara at 1 p.m. today, on May 14.
Crimean Tatars arrived in the capital from all corners of Turkey to demonstrate their position and oppose tyranny, the Crimean Tatar people fall victim to.
Namık Kemal Bayar, a member of the Platform Executive Board, said that about 5,000 people take part the memorial rally. On the day of the campaign, which is supported by many NGOs and ordinary citizens, the protesters with flags of the Crimean Tatar people will be a symbolic "voice" of Crimea in Ankara.
This year, the Platform of Crimean Tatar Organizations in Turkey (Kırım Tatar Teşkilatları Platformu) - the most numerous dernek association - has organized the event, which is held annually by representatives of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in Turkey on May 18.
The participants of the rally will commemorate the innocent victims of the 1944 deportation, who died during this terrible crime against the indigenous people of Crimea. They want to once again draw attention to the situation of the Crimean Tatar people being under occupation now, call for the international community to condemn the repressive policy of the Russian Federation, as well as to speak out against the banning of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
In particular, Gayana Yuksel, the Mejlis member, is expected to address the meeting.
On the eve of the mourning rally in memory of the Crimean Tatar victims of the 1944 deportation, a large-scale information campaign has been conducted in the capital of Turkey. Themed billboards and invitation posters were installed at busy intersections, boulevards, streets and metro stations. Such posters were also placed on public transport in Ankara.
Thus, the residents of the Turkish capital had an opportunity not only to remember the global tragedy - deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 - but also to join the memorial rally.
On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238,000 Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.
A number of events commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, including mass rallies, topical lessons at schools and activists' initiatives, will be held in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine.
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