(QHA) -

Crimean Tatars climbed one of the highest Crimean mountain Chatyr-Dag to honour the victims of deportation of 1944, when Crimean Tatars, together with other peoples, lived in Crimea, were deported from their homeland.

The climb became a tradition and being held for the 5th time this year it gathered a record number of participant, more than 2 thousand people.

The annual event was organized by Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, Crimean federation of national wrestling ‘Kuresh’ along with civil organizations of Crimean youth.

“We came here to commemorate those who were deported in 1944. Four years ago we there were just 500 people, but today we gathered more than 2 thousand people. It is hard enough to climb, but when seeing all the beauty of nature you overcome yourself and your weakness. Your heart understands that your homeland worth it”- activists said.

“Most of us are young people, we climb the Chatyr-Dag mountain to show the World that we, Crimen Tatars are united. Most of our youth now understand who they are and where they are from”- they added.