SIMFEROPOL (QHA) - A series of events is planned to mark the 70th anniversary of deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea. Starting from December 10, the International Human Rights Day, Mejlis will be holding mass events, exhibitions, TV shows, dedicated to the tragic anniversary date for Crimean Tatars. Deputy Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Nariman Jelyal said this at a press conference in Simferopol. As reported by us earlier, the annual meeting dedicated to the International Human Rights day, will be held by Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people on December 10, at which adoption of the law to restore the rights of Crimean Tatars will be discussed. Note: Deportation of Crimean Tatars and other ethnic groups from Crimea started on May 18, 1944 and lasted two days. To carry it out, more than 32 thousands of Soviet internal troops were involved. Deportees were given a few minutes to half an hour to pack before being transported by truck to the train stations. From there, escorted trains were sent to deportation sites. Witnesses of deportation say that those who resisted or could not walk were often shot on the spot. On the road, the deportees were poorly fed; often food was salty and caused thirstiness. Those who died were hastily buried along the railroad or not buried at all. As a result of war occupation and deportation, the population of Crimea decreased three times. Some regions (mountain area and South coast of Crimea, which before were mainly populated by Crimean Tatars) were left virtually with no population. After deportation, more than 90% of Crimean localities, which names had a Crimean Tatar origin, were renamed.

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