The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelialov supposes that Crimean authorities controlled by Russia will not allow to hold large-scale actions to the Day of memory of victims of deportation of Crimean Tatar people on the peninsula. "Krym.Realii" reports it. Dzhelialov also said that Crimean Tatars will apply to the authorities to hold a mourning rally anyway.
"We will try to apply, but, of course, we will be refused. The main events will be held outside Crimea. Actual authorities will try to carry out their activities on the peninsula, we will not hinder, let them do it, but I am personally not going to participate there for someone's picture", – Dzhelialov said.
He clarified that the application will be submitted not by the Mejlis, but by private person. According to Dzhelialov, for its part, the Mejlis will recommend to hold events in the areas near the monuments dedicated to the victims of deportation: it will be flower laying ceremonies and public prayers.
"The previous two years have shown, that all our attempts to organize the commemorations encounter impedance by the authorities, or there are attempts to carry out these activities under the auspices of the authorities. Last year due to a lack of discipline (the Crimean government – ed.) we were able to hold meetings or other activities of a public character in some districts. This year, I think, they will not allow it and will act tougher, having regard to recent court’s decision to ban the Mejlis, which, although not yet came into effect, but nevertheless, for the local authorities it is already done", – Dzhelialov said.
Let us recall, May 18 is the Day of memory of victims of deportation of Crimean Tatar people from Crimea. On this day in 1944 the first echelon of Crimean Tatars has been sent from the peninsula to Central Asia. More than 180 thousand people were deported. Every year, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Day of the deportation public events were held in Crimea, including mourning rally in the center of Crimean capital. But after the annexation of the peninsula by Russia in March 2014 holding of such events in the center of Simferopol was prohibited.