The 76th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people was commemorated in Kherson. This year, the public events were limited due to quarantine restrictions, but this, however, could not prevent Kherson residents from honoring the memory of the victims of the forced resettlement of Crimean Tatars in the spring of 1944.
This was reported by an IPC-Kherson correspondent.
Ibrahim Suleymanov, chairman of the Kherson City Mejlis, said that the deportation affected every Crimean Tatar family.
“This is the most tragic day on can imagine ever. There is not a single representative of the Crimean Tatar people to whom this date does not regard. All our people were deported from the Crimea, most of them died during the deportation. For example, there were 12 people in my father’s family and only two of them survived the resettlement”, – Suleymanov emphasized.
“Unfortunately, now we also do not have the opportunity to live peacefully in Crimea. Tatar people are foreigners for those authorities. Still the Crimea is our Fatherland, the home of our ancestors to which we will definitely return”, – said Crimean Tatar Lilia Dzhaksim during the events of mourning.
Representatives of the Bulgarian and Lithuanian Diasporas also gathered to support the Crimean Tatars in Kherson.