KYIV (QHA) -

The Crimean Tatars formed an internal resource for resistance, but this resistance is non-violent. This opinion was expressed by the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova in an interview with QHA correspondent.

“I know for sure that for the Crimean Tatars the culture of civil non-violent resistance, non-perception of Russian reality is already part of the political code, part of political culture. We have high resistance," she noted.

According to Dzhaparova, the path chosen by the Crimean Tatars - without extremism, but with a firm confidence to preserve their identity - is more difficult and tougher than the path of force, but they can be proud of it. 

"Russia is forcing our people to look for an internal resource to resist what has been happening to us for the last 300 years: deportations, repressions and attempts to destroy our people, our identity.
Accordingly, the Crimean Tatars began to form this internal resistance. For example, the fact that we have survived. Despite several waves of deportations that began in the 18th century, with the first annexation, and further deportation, when our people were on the brink of physical destruction, this is a huge resource that the Crimean Tatars were able to accumulate internally. It is possible to say with pride today that everything that the Crimean Tatars have, they achieved by non-violent methods. Not the truth of force, but the truth of law. It's a long way, it's much more complicated," Emine Dzhaparova said.

As is known, following the Russian annexation of Crimea, mass searches of independent journalists, civil activists, activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement have increased in the Crimea, as well as searches of members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and Crimean Muslims, who are accused of participation in the banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Thus, in early January in Simferopol, security officials conducted searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars.

Earlier QHA reported that the invaders conducted searches in the village of Novy Mir in the Simferopol district and in the city of Stary Krym.

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