Events in Crimea to the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Deportation. Text follow-up
Morning events timed to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people began today in the morning of May 18 in the village of Oktiabrske of the Krasnogvardiysk district of the annexed Crimea. Holding the events was coordinated with local “authorities”. Also, people began gathering in Simferopol, near the memorial stone, to the victims of deportation.
The meeting at the railway station of Simferopol is over, people are dispersing, and the security forces remain.
An organized column of the Crimean Tatars reached the memorial stone at the Simferopol railway station, from where the trains were sent off in 1944. The gathered people read the prayer, “policemen” in plainclothes are shooting videos.
“Police” makes “warnings about illegality of unauthorized meetings”.
Before the official part of the event, people laid flowers to the memorial stone to the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in Simferopol.
The First Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelal delivered a speech.
He thanked those present, all who, despite yesterday’s warnings, were not afraid and came to pay respects to the victims of the deportation of 1944.
The meeting observed a minute of silence.
The floor was taken Dilshat Ibragimov aged 88, who surviving deportation. He says the day before he read an article on a Russian website, according to which, in cars that took people out of Crimea in 1944, there were both a nurse and a doctor, but this was not true. The echelons for the deportees had terrible inhuman conditions.
The “head of the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs department in Simferopol” Oksana Sorokopudova is recording the press card data and asks for everyone who is shooting at the event to introduce themselves.
Lawyer Emina Avamileva and the journalist Lila Budzhurova are also here.
Participants stretched out a banner with an inscription “Immortal repressive echelon”.
People are gathering near the memorial stone to the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in Simferopol. Several people came with the Crimean Tatar flags. There are about four dozen police officers around the perimeter. They do not interfere with what’s happening, they are just watching.
The gathered people read the prayer.
Despite the fact that the rally ended, in the area where the events took place, the streets are still blocked. Police patrols are still guarding.
Participants of the rally read dua.
Announcer thanked the people who gathered in Oktiabrske.
The event ended with anthem and the laying of flowers.
A girl recited the poem “Unpurchased Ticket” by Lili Budzhurova.
The head of the village council Melnikov takes the floor next: “Remembrance and sorrow for the victims are our common. Today, we remember all those who perished, we grieve about all innocent victims, and we will never allow the tragedy to repeat.”
Participants of the rally listen to a recited verse by Budzhurova “Speak, Father, Speak.”
Local resident Ruslan Zekiryayev: “Today we remember those who stayed in a foreign land during the deportation. Our love for the homeland that our old people gave us and we give to our children and grandchildren. For 15 years we have gathered to honor the memory of those who had not returned home. Today, when verses of the holy Koran sound, our hearts will mourn and our souls will hear that we have not forgotten them. I want to thank those people of other nationalities and religions who came to share the sorrow with us. The eternal memory to those who are not with us today “.
A column of several hundred people escorted and under the supervision of the “police” marched from the central square of the settlement to the monument to the victims of deportation. The column was led by children and teens who carried a large Crimean Tatar flag.
The event began with the anthem of the Crimean Tatars.
After the introductory words of the announcer, the dua was read.
The “Head of administration” of the Krasnogvardiysk District Vasily Grabovan and the “Chairman of the Oktiabrske Village Council” Vladimir Melnikov were present at the meeting as well.
Grabovan: “We share the pain of those who suffered from political repression. The eternal memory of those who died or was killed during deportation in a foreign land. And I wish peace, well-being and prosperity in unity to us living.”
The announcer thanks Grabovan for assistance in holding the event: “It’s no secret that mourning events on May 18 have not been held on this scale in any other place in the Crimea.”
People come in groups, there are already dozens of participants in the mourning rally on the square. Some Crimean Tatar flags bandaged with a mourning tape.
The venue of the event is completely blocked for traffic, it is patrolled by dozens of policemen.
Among the participants of the rally are journalist Lila Budzhurova. People in turn come up to her and ask to take a picture.
The number of participants is more than a hundred.
Already in the early morning, the center of the settlement one block away from the railway station was blocked by the “police” employees.
The settlement is still half empty, but the first old people from the locals have already begun to gather for participation in mourning events.
Near the monument to the victims of deportation preparations are being made for events.