GENICHESK (QHA) -

The participants of the rally, dedicated to the Remembrance Day of the Crimean Tatar People Genocide Victims, adopted a resolution with three demands to the Ukrainian authorities.
Vice-President of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatar People, Coordinator of the Civil Blockade of the Crimea Lenur Islyamov read out the text of the resolution.

The first activists’ demand is legislation of the Crimean Tatar national territorial autonomy within Ukraine during several months.

Secondly, the authors of the resolution demand to give a right to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine for volunteers of the Crimean Tatar battalion named after Noman Çelebicihan.

The final item, noted that the current permanent representative of the President in the Crimea Natalya Popovich is not able to cope with her duties, therefore, it is proposed to replace her with a representative of the Crimean Tatar people.

“We are a great people, and we will find a person for this post. We want to find out what she is doing to return the Crimea, what should students do, who cannot find information on entering Ukrainian universities, and pregnant women, who need to make certificates.” Islyamov assured.

The rally participants voted unanimously for the resolution.

Earlier QHA reported that mourning events on the occasion of the 73-rd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars deportation are held today, May 18, in the Kherson region.

Reference. May 18, 1944 Crimean Tatars deportation 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.

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