Idil Izmirli's article on the Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportation
Growing Sense of Polarization and Escalating Tensions in Crimea Ahead of 69th Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportation
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 94
May 17, 2013 04:51 PM Age: 4 hrs
By: Idil P. Izmirli
Crimean Tatars commemorating the 1944 deportation by Joseph Stalin
Each year on May 18, around 25,000–30,000 Crimean Tatars gather in Crimea’s capital Simferopol to commemorate the 1944 deportation of their parents and grandparents from their historical homeland. They come to Simferopol from all cities and towns and conduct a peaceful meeting organized by the Mejlis—the executive body representing the Crimean Tatars—in front of the Crimean Musical Drama Theater in Simferopol’s Central Square and remember the victims of the mass deportation on guarded and sealed cattle-trains. Of the total Crimean Tatar population at that time, 46.2 percent perished during this forced exile (http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ex-dissident-tatar-reflects-on-a-life-of-fighting--12498.html).
Forwarded by: Inci Bowman, Washington, DC