SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People will meet today at a session to discuss a situation that arose due to Aksyonov’s decree on ban to hold mass events in Crimea.

Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov announced this in his interview to QHA news agency.

“This morning, we learned from the media that the mass demonstrations in Crimea were banned till June 6. In this regard, Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people is holding a session”- he said.

“For the first time we face such a situation when we are banned from gathering together to pray for those who died during the deportation of 1944. For the first time, on May 18, we are banned to talk about that tragedy, catastrophe Crimean Tatar people have suffered. Not Crimean Tatars only, but Crimea and the mankind have suffered” – he added.

Chubarov noted, that the issue of commemorating events in Crimea was discussed with Crimean authorities, a day before the decree was signed.

“During the meeting with Crimean premier, heads of FSB [Federal Security Service of Russia- ed.], police and prosecutor on May 15, we discussed all the details that will help us to avoid provocations. We guaranteed that there would be no provocation from Crimean Tatars’ side. May 18 day is too sacred to use for politics”- he said.

“I also sent a letter to government of Crimea, focusing once again on the fact that only Crimean Tatar symbols, among them Crimean Tatar flag and national anthem, will be used during the event. I also emphasized that the resolution, adopted at the meeting will meet the legal field that we are living in”- he added.

“Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people will try to find the ways to commemorate the victims of deportation and will announce it to all Crimean Tatar people”- Chubarov concluded.

To recall, citing the tensions in eastern and southern Ukraine, Crimean authorities banned all public events from May 16 until 6 June in Crimea.

- In connection with the ongoing events in the cities of the south-east Ukraine, that caused victims among the civilian population; in order to prevent possible provocations by extremists who may enter the territory of the Republic of Crimea, and to avoid disruption of the holiday season in Crimea, we ban conducting mass events on the territory of the Republic of Crimea until June 6, 2014, -reads the decree.

QHA