All-Crimean mourning meeting, dedicated to anniversary of Crimean Tatar deportation that traditionally took place at central square of Crimean capital Simferopol for 23 years, gathering some of 40 thousand people at Simferopol central square, was banned this year by Crimean authorities.

Meanwhile, some of 15 thousands of Crimean Tatars gathered in Akmechet district of Simferopol, to commemorate the victims of deportation.

The event is attended by head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, Crimean Mufti Emirali Ablaev, veterans of Crimean Tatar national movement and the others. However Crimea Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev is not attending the event, amid his ban to entry Crimean peninsula for 5 years.

Moreover, thousands of people and vehicles are heading to Akmechet district from Simferopol center, QHA correspondent reports. Holding Crimean Tatar national flags, people are chanting “Millet! Vatan! Qirim”, that means “Nation, Motherland, Crimea”.

Meanwhile, Simferopol city center is blockaded by police officers.

Military helicopters are patrolling over the places of compact residence of the Crimean Tatars.