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Ahmet Demir Yudzhe, a former Senator of the Turkish city of Zonguldak and fighter for the rights of the Crimean Tatars, passed away on December 23 in Ankara. The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed his gratitude and bade farewell to the famous fighter for the rights of the Crimean Tatars Ahmet Demir Yudzhe.

- Although this man is not of Crimea Tatar descent, in my thinking, his name should go down in the history of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, Dzhemilev wrote on his Facebook page.

In mid-February 1976 in the province of Zonguldak Ahmed Demir Yudzhe, a senator with the pro-government party, went on a hunger strike protesting against the USSR inhuman policy against the Crimean Tatars. After that, the problem of the Crimean Tatars was covered by numerous publications and radio messages not only in Turkey, but also far beyond its borders. During the hunger strike Yudzhe was visited by prominent political figures, including Suleyman Demirel, who later became Prime Minister.

- The years have passed. After returning home we planned to name a new Crimean Tatar village after Ahmet Demir Yudzhe, but have not managed due to the Russian occupiers. Now he is no longer alive, but I'm sure after the libeartion of Crimea there will be a street named after him.

Farewell to Ahmet Bey! Thank you for everything and forgive us for all the pain you had to endure because of the kidney fail that happened after the 9-day hunger strike. The Crimean Tatars will never forget you, Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed his gratitude to the great man.

QHA