Kyiv Organized Mourning Rallies in Memory of Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide
On May 18, Ukraine honors the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people and marks the Day of Struggle for the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People. Therefore, mourning rallies organized in Kyiv in memory of victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide.
The rally participants, among whom there were also Crimeans who were forced to leave the peninsula due to annexation, gathered in a parking lot near the International Exhibition Center, from where they headed to Independence Square.
Leader of the Crimean Tatars and Member of Ukrainian Parliament Mustafa Jemilev said, “I am sure that the Tatars will get rid of the invaders and will be the Crimean Tatar Republic. The main aim of the exile was to destroy the Crimean Tatar people as a nation and make Crimea part of the Russian world.”
He pointed out that Tatars had been struggling with the Soviet regime to return to their homeland, recalling Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
Refat Chubarov, president of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, also pointed out the importance of the rally.
“The Crimean Tatars in Crimea cannot attend our meeting because of the occupiers. But we all know that their feelings are the same as ours.”
Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, also took part in the rally.
“The situation in in Crimea very difficult now, but despite this, such events have taken place in many cities today. This historical memory is a manifestation, our compatriots went to memorial places in Crimea, laid flowers, and said the prayers. They know that there will be punished for this, but this is what historical memory is,” he said.
According to Chiygoz, the events of 1944 and in the present are a systemic policy of the Russian Empire, which is aimed at the annihilation of the Crimean Tatar people.