Crimean Tatar activists and representatives of youth organizations categorically opposed the initiative of "Medeniy Kyrym" group about the introduction of the event "Avdet Kunyu" ("Day of Return"), dedicated to the massive return of the Crimean Tatar people to the Crimea after half a century of exile.
“Given the current situation of our people, as well as the current situation in the Crimea, we consider it unacceptable to establish this holiday. Only the elected higher authorized representative body of the Crimean Tatar people - the Kurultai, but not a single group of individuals - has the right to make decisions on the establishment of new commemorative or festive dates on a national scale,” the activists stressed in a statement.
The Head of the CEC of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlyaev believes that the idea of the holiday "Avdet kunyu" originated with those who deprive the Crimean Tatar people of freedom, homeland and national identity, introducing schism and confusion.
"Even in the Soviet era such actions were brought about for the schism and confusion in our ranks. The idea of such a holiday originated with those who deprive us of Freedom, Homeland, national identity, saying look, the Tatars have returned to their native harbor and full pants of happiness. But all those are extremists who want to be Crimean Tatars, to speak and learn in their native language, to preserve their culture and religion."
QHA publishes the full text of the Crimean Tatar activists’ statement:
STATEMENT OF CRIMEAN TATAR ACTIVISTS ON THE IDEAS OF THE "AVDET KUNYU" HOLIDAY
Recently, in the Crimean Tatar media, the proposal of the representative of the initiative group "Medeniy Kyrym" about the establishment of a new national holiday is covered and actively discussed by users of social networks. The authors called this project "Avdet Kunyu" ("Day of Return").
We, Crimean Tatar activists, representatives of youth organizations, are categorically against this event and, considering the current situation of our people, as well as the current situation in the Crimea, we consider it unacceptable to establish such a holiday. Only the elected higher authorized representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, the Kurultai, is entitled to make decisions on the establishment of new commemorative or festive dates on a national scale, but not a single group of individuals.
Representatives of Qardaşlıq organizations, the Crimean Tatar Youth Center, the QaveTV media project, the Youth wing of the World Crimean Tatar Congress, the Coordinating Council of the Crimean Tatar youth Kurultai, as well as public activists and cultural figures.
Zair Smedlyaev adds that the rhetoric of the initiators to establish the new holiday completely reflects and repeats the one that has been "imposed on Crimeans for the last three years by people like Poklonskaya, Smirnov or Belbek", saying "enough of grieve, it's time to rejoice." But this time, they just do it with the hands of the organization "Medeniy Kyrym".
“And about the essence of the holiday itself - do the initiators really think that now it's time to celebrate anything? Now that dozens of our compatriots are political prisoners, when dozens of people are kidnapped and killed, when dozens of children are orphaned, when our leaders are banned from entering their homeland, when our representative body is banned, when our people are forbidden to commemorate the day of memory of the deportation victims, when one can be arrested for our flag?”
Reference: May 18, 1944, deportation of Crimean Tatars began in the Crimea. Soviet power accused the whole nation of cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia. During the trip and the first year of exile, more than 30,000 people died from hunger and disease. Crimean Tatars were allowed to return to their homeland in the Crimea only in 1989.
On November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. In October 2016 Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.