The Chairman Deputy of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis Nariman Dzelyal informed that the Crimean authorities refused to authorize the Mejlis Regional Councils to hold sorrowful events dedicated the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars on May 18 in Crimea.
According to him, the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis decided not to make an application for holding centralized events on the Memory Day of the victims of deportation. As Dzelyal explained, the Mejlis found no reason to make such an application because “the result was known”.
“We recommend our regional branches to hold the events and make applications in some areas. In particular, we made several in Sudak and were denied. The same situation was in Krasnoperekopsk, but our colleagues went further and planned to appeal to the courts on refusals. In some places we decided to gather people to lay flowers to the monument of the Crimean Tatar people — the genocide victims,” said Dzelyal.
He said that some regional authorities offered to hold events together with the representatives of the Majlis.
“In most cases, people refuse to because the authorities, including the local ones, have already discredited themselves so that people don’t even want to share sorrow for those days with those who constantly lie. Officially the authorities want to hold some events, but neither any of my colleagues no me are going to take part in those events,” said Dzelyal.