Hundreds of Crimean Tatars went to Kyiv to participate in protests against the government’s decision last week to suspend signing the Association Agreement with the European Union. Head of department of public relations of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Ali Khamzin said this to QHA agency. “Our compatriots went to Kyiv. Before leaving they asked Mejlis for flags of Ukraine, Crimea and a Crimean Tatar flag,” noted Khamzin. According to Khamzin, representatives of the Crimean Tatar town association in Kyiv also participate in protests in Kyiv. Khamzin noted that Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people has a positive attitude towards this public initiative. “This is a big plus not only for Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people but for the whole Ukraine. People show that our society has strong positions towards democratic values. It is very inspiring for me,” said Khamzin. To be noted, on November 24, a public action “I choose EU” took place in Simferopol. Similar events are held in other Ukrainian cities as well. As reported, tens of thousands of people hold protests in Kyiv against the government’s decision to suspend signing the Association Agreement with the European Union. Seeking to defuse the tension, President Viktor Yanukovich addressed the nation for the first time since his government’s U-turn on Europe. Pledging to create “a society of European standards”, he said: “Nobody will steal our dream…of a European Ukraine.”

QHA