The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy Refat Chubarov calls the Crimean Tatars living on the territory of the annexed peninsula to go out on May 18 for a joint prayer in memory of the victims of genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.
“The Russian occupiers again prohibit holding mass memorial events on May 18, 2017, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Crimean Tatar people's genocide in the Crimea. The general prohibition of prayers, mass rallies and processions dedicated to the memory of the victims of genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, is aimed at destroying the historical memory of the Crimean Tatars, justifying the crimes of Stalinism and the communist regime of the USSR, suppressing the will of the Crimean Tatar people to fight for their rights in the Russian Occupation of the Crimea," the Head of the Mejlis wrote.
According to Chubarov, Russian invaders proceed from the assumption that the Crimean Tatars will obediently fulfill their will, betraying the memory of their friends and relatives, "while the servants of Russian invaders - local collaborators - hastily complete the scenarios for loyalty events intended for Putin's agitation industry."
The Mejlis calls on the Crimean Tatars to take part in several types of memorial events dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide.
“At 12:00 on May 18, a minute of silence will be held throughout Ukraine in memory of the victims of genocide against the Crimean Tatar people. In the occupied Crimea another form of showing respect for the memory of the victims of the Crimean Tatar people's genocide is proposed: Each family, old and young, performs a joint dua (prayer). For the accomplishment of the dua all members of the family living in a private house go out to the gate, settle down on the street side and jointly say a prayer. For the accomplishment of the dua, all the members of the family (families) living in a multi-storey house gather in the courtyard of a multi-storey house and pronounce the duo (prayer) together. Following the dua, the compatriots go to the monuments erected at their place of residence or Khatyr-tash (memorable stones), where they say prayers. Flowers are also laid there,” Chubarov reminds.
He also urged his compatriots living in Simferopol to come to the memorable stone in the park near the railway station.
Reference: In 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as an act of genocide.