ANKARA (QHA) -

The Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of Turkey  published an appeal in connection with the murder of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka.

The statement says that as a result of the repression carried out by the Russian authorities against the Crimean Tatars in order to intimidate and break the spirit of the struggle of the indigenous people, on November 23, a well-known human rights activist, veteran of the national movement Vedzhie Kashka, died of heart failure. The 83-year-old legendary woman could not withstand the physical and psychological pressure that the Russian security forces exerted during the searches conducted in the Crimea.

The Association condemned the events that resulted in the death of Kashka, one of the symbols of the Crimean Tatar people.

"We urge all countries of the world and mankind to stop repression against the Crimean Tatars and put an end to the occupation of the Crimea," the appeal says.

QHA provides the full text of the message published for the media.

"The repressions against the Crimean Tatars in their occupied homeland, in the Crimea, aiming to sow indifference, intimidate and break Crimean Tatars have become a routine.

On November 23, 2017, the FSB distributed the image of detaining people in Aqmescit. As a result of this detention, which occurred in one of the cafes of the city, 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka, a well-known human rights activist and veteran of the national movement of the Crimean Tatars, died, being unable to withstand the physical and psychological pressure of the occupiers.

When she was only 9 years old, Vedzhie Kashka was deported from the Crimea, in the 1950s, far from the Motherland, she began to struggle for her people. Vedzhie Kashka was subjected to detentions, interrogations, and the house where she lived was set on fire. The death of the legendary woman is an attempt to stamp the Crimean Tatar out of existence.

The invaders, representing the Crimean Tatar as terrorists, killed Vedzhie Kashka, who did not recognize the annexation of the Crimea.

We strongly condemn the murder of Vedzhie Kashka, one of the symbols of the Crimean Tatar people, and call upon all countries of the world and mankind to stop repression against the Crimean Tatars and put an end to the occupation of the Crimea. "

Earlier, November 24, the Crimean Tatars paid their last respects to the heroic woman, veteran of the national movement Vedzhie Kashka, who was buried in the village of Novoklenovo (Üç Köz), where she lived in recent years.

QHA reported, that people from all corners of the annexed Crimea came to the farewell ceremony for  Kashka. About 5,000 inhabitants of the peninsula took part in the Muslim ceremony of the funeral.

November 23, after the searches and detentions held in the Crimea by FSB officers, the veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Vedzhie Kashka died.

QHA prepared a video about the life and struggle of Vedzhie Kashka

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