13 May 2019, 12:28

Crimean Tatar flag to be raised in Canada in memory of victims of 1944 deportation

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May 18 in Canada in the city of Edmonton the Crimean Tatar flag will be raised in memory of the victims of the deportation of 1944, the correspondent of QHA media reported.

This will be the fourth time that a sky-blue flag with a golden tamga is raised above a Canadian government agency. Previously, it was twice flying the sky of Toronto – above the Parliament of Ontario and the City Hall of Toronto, and once – above the City Hall of the Canadian capital Ottawa.

Raising the Crimean Tatar flag on the Day of Memory and Grief over the dead began in 2015, thanks to the work of the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars.

According to Canada’s law, only state flags are allowed over official institutions, but the Ontario Parliament voted to make an exception. So a tradition has been established each year to raise the Crimean Tatar flag in various cities and provinces of Canada on the Day of Memory and Grief for those who died in the deportation of 1944 and in support of today’s resistance to the Russian occupation of Crimea.

This year, the organizers were the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, the Congress of Ukrainians of Canada and the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars.

The event will also be attended by officials of the provincial city hall and parliament. Special guests are the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz.

Before that, the Crimean Tatar delegation will hold a series of meetings in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Immigration of Ukrainians to Canada began with Alberta. Today, Edmonton has one of the oldest diasporas in Canada.

Earlier, QHA media reported that the Latvian parliament recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars of 1944 as genocide.