Chubarov: May, 18 prayers to be held and horns honked

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People recommends that on May 18 all Crimean Tatars living in the territory of annexed Crimea hold a "moment of silence" and honk the horns.

17 May 2016 15:42

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People recommends that May 18 on the Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day of Deportation all compatriots according to the places of their residence in Crimea hold prayers and a moment of silence to honor the memory of the deportation victims and then honk the horns, Mejlis Chairman, MP Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook.

- Russian occupants in Crimea have banned holding mass mourning in the memory of the WW2 Crimean Tatar deportation victims planned to be held May 18, 2016 by regional and local Mejlises and the Crimean Tatar public organizations. At the same time, the Russian occupants in Crimea are exerting every effort to make the Crimean Tatars participate only in formal activities carried out by the occupiers and their toadies, warned Chubarov.

Thus, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People recommends that all compatriots in Crimea gather at 11.45 a.m. at memorial stones, plaques, and other sites connected or associated with the disaster of May 18, 1944, and hold prayers for the deportation victims and all those who died in the exile.

The minute of silence is planned to be held at 12.00 – 12.01 p.m. following the prayers.

- The minute of silence is to be held in Ukraine at 12:00 p.m. At this time, all Ukrainian TV Channels and radio stations will transmit a special signal in the memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. Following the minute of silence it is planned that all the cars honk horns, said Chubarov.

May 18, 1944 the Soviet authorities conducted mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were evicted and 46%, mostly the elderly, women and children were killed in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

May 18 Kyiv and the whole Ukraine is to hold a number of events: actions and mass rallies, thematic lessons in schools, thematic initiatives by social activists dedicated to the 72th anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.