KYIV (QHA) -

The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine presented a nationwide communication campaign to the Day of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, which 74th anniversary is marked on May 18, QHA correspondent reports.

The First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova reported that within the framework of the campaign, three video clips and billboard projects were presented, which were developed jointly with the Crimean House and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The billboards to the anniversary of the deportation depict one of the symbols of the Crimean Tatar people - a tamga of red color made of railway rails on a black background. According to Dzhaparova, this image is not accidental, since the railway is associated with the deportation of 1944 and at the same time rails is the way to the future.

"It's a tamga made of a railway. The railway is a symbol of deportation, as Crimean Tatars were evicted in freight cars, in inhuman conditions, when for a month almost without food and water people were taken to the unknown, many people died, and the dead were simply thrown out of the window or left at the stops. And the symbol of tamga, as a symbol of the unity of the people and the symbol of the future in the form of a railway - is just our attempt to show that this is memory on the one hand, but the movement to the future - on the other.”

According to her, 60 billboards will be placed in Kyiv and about 200 in other regions of Ukraine.

In addition, Ministry of Information Policy has created three videos, which are united by the topic of deportation. Each of the three videos exists in two versions - short and a longer one. The Ministry expects that the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting will provide short promos with the status of social advertising, and the department will distribute these videos on TV channels with a request to broadcast this advertisement on May 18. In addition, the videos will be translated into English, so that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine could provide information about deportation abroad.

“One of these videos is informational - it's actually about the process of deportation, it is enlightening, it tells about the consequences, which are unfortunately such that 46% of the population died in the first years after the deportation and that deportation is actually a crime, a genocide, as it endangered the existence of the Crimean Tatars as a physical unit. Two other videos are "Living Memory" and "Living Traditions" show that life continues, the struggle continues and in fact memory should inspire the following accomplishments. And the Crimean Tatars show that they are able to move on, that they are able to overcome problems and pain - this is the key,” Dzhaparova says.

Dzhaparova further noted that the Ministry of Information Policy spent 250 thousand UAH on communication campaign - to create videos, billboards and all content in different languages. In addition, 340 000 UAH were allocated for the holding of official events on May 18 on Sofiyivska Square in Kyiv. All these funds are allocated from the Ministry’s budget.

The First Deputy Minister of information policy also stressed that the crime of deportation actually got its continuation today in the Crimea occupied by Russia. The occupation authorities are trying to suppress any possibilities for resistance, acting in almost the same ways as they did seven decades ago. Modern repressions and harassment of the indigenous people of the Crimea are aimed at making people to deport voluntary, to expel the most active representatives of the Crimean Tatar community from the peninsula, to create an atmosphere of fear among those who stayed.

“We wanted to show that despite the fact that the deportation took place, despite the fact that today the Crimean Tatars are a physical minority in the Crimea because of this crime, but they are not a political minority. When we recall the events of 2014, we understand that the consequences of occupation are part of the consequences of deportation. In 1944, an act of eviction of the indigenous people from the peninsula took place, when in fact they cleared the Crimea of the Crimean Tatars, and brought other people instead, mainly from the mainland of the Russian Federation. And this mechanism for replacing the population, changing the demography of the peninsula is traditional for Russia - for communist Russia then, and the Russian Federation now. Because, unfortunately, since the occupation of 2014, a replacement of the population has been observed as well. Repressions have a simple logic - drowning people in fear, ousting everyone from the peninsula so that there are no signs of resistance to this reality, the repressive authoritarian reality, and on the other hand all those who stayed to live there are silenced.”

Summing up, Dhzaparova emphasized that the key task of Ukraine is to form an attitude towards the Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people. And all those bills now being drafted, as well as amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the creation of the Crimean Tatar autonomy, are aimed at increasing the rights of the Crimean Tatars and treating them as an indigenous people in accordance with international law.

QHA