May 14, 2013

Crimean Tatars: Victims Of Deportation Commemorated By Youth

Crimean Tatar youth climbed the Çatır Dağ Mountain on May 11 to commemorate Stalinist deportations of 1944.

Below is an article published by QHA

Crimean Tatar youth commemorating victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar nation climbed the Çatır Dağ Mountain by the tradition on May 11. The Majlis of Crimean Tatar nation, World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, Federation of national wrestling kureş, public and youth organizations became as organizers of this event. QHA is informed about this by the press service of the International NGO Bizim Qırım.

About 300 people participated in the event. There was mostly the youth aged 18-25, however, there were unusual participants: the youngest participant Seyran has 3 and the oldest İlâs Calil has 90. It would be noted that it was the second climb of İlâs-qartbaba (grandfather in Crimean Tatar – ed.) within framework of this action.

Thus, the Crimean Tatar youth hoisted the Crimean Tatar national flag at the top of the mountain and conducted the public prayer to commemorate victims died during the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatars. They also performed the Crimean Tatar national anthem.

As organizers stressed, the date of 11 May was not chosen accidentally: the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin signed the decree on the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar nation this day 69 years ago.

İt would be recallected that the Climb of the Çatır Dağ is the traditional action of the Crimean youth that is conducted annually. Representatives of the young generation gather from all corners of Crimea to pay the homage to victims of the 1944 Deportation.