On May 14, the participants of the Youth Congress of Crimean Tatars held a campaign ‘Light a fire in your heart’ at the 2nd day of their 8th meeting outside the Büyük Anadolu hotel. The young people from around the world lit up candles arranged in the shape of Tarak-Tamga Crimean Tatar sign.
A total of 72 sky flying lanterns were launched symbolizing the number of years that have passed since the horrific crimes of the Russian totalitarianism against the Crimean Tatar people – the 1944 Deportation.
Fethi Kurtiy Sahin, Chairman of the Youth Commission of the Central Office of Cultural and Mutual Assistance Association of Crimean Tatars in Turkey, mentioned that a similar action was held in Crimea on the night of May 17, after reading the prayers for the dead in 1944. However, carrying out of this event has become impossible since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014. Nevertheless, tributes to victims of deportation are paid throughout Turkey annually.
The Youth Congress of Crimean Tatars (Qırımtatar Yaşlıq Qurultayı) held for two days finished its 8th session yesterday.
It was attended by delegates from Ukraine, including Crimea, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey. The total number of participants was more than 150 people.
A memorial meeting devoted to the victims of the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars was also held in the Turkish capital. Crimean Tatars arrived in Ankara from all over Turkey to demonstrate their position and condemn the tyrannical Soviet regime they have fallen victim to. This year, the Platform of Crimean Tatar Organizations in Turkey (Kırım Tatar Teşkilatları Platformu) - the most numerous union of 49 derneks - has organized the event.
On the eve of the mourning rally in memory of victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 a large-scale information campaign has been conducted in the capital of Turkey. Themed billboards and invitation posters were installed at busy intersections, boulevards, streets and metro stations. Such posters were also placed on public transport in Ankara.
On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.
A number of events commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, including mass rallies, topical lessons at schools and activists' initiatives, will be held in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine on May 18, 2016.