After yesterday's decision by the "Supreme Court of Crimea" to ban the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, a group of Moscow civil society activists took to the streets of the capital to support the Crimean Tatars’ struggle for their land and rights. The protesters were holding Crimean Tatar flags and banners reading "Hands off the Mejlis." This video message to Crimean Tatars and Russians has been released on Youtube today.
“We have taken to the streets to express our solidarity with the indigenous people of Crimea being subjected to persecution. We ask to consider us the Crimean Tatars and demand putting an end to this lawlessness,” the activists appealed.
They tried to convey the information to their compatriots on the actions of the Russian authorities in Crimea with regard to dissenters, especially Crimean Tatars, who would never admit their native land belongs to the Russian Federation.
“We invite everyone to identify with us and express our strong protest. We are confident that those who are guilty of annexation and occupation of Crimea - all those gentlemen, starting with Putin - will appear before the Hague tribunal as war criminals,” claimed the protesters.
Expressing their opinion on the current government, the protesters demanded the release of the Kremlin’s prisoners Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi.
“Crimea is Ukraine! Donetsk is Ukraine! Luhansk is Ukraine! Hands off the Crimean Tatar Mejlis! Russia will be free!” uttered the Moscow activists.