Crimean Tartars: Protest to Reclaim Lands
Below is an excerpt from an article published by Kyiv Post:
Thousands of Crimean Tatars rallied Monday on
Lilya Muslimova, press secretary for the Tatar Mejlis, or Assembly, said that some 12,000 Tatars from across Crimea had gathered in front of the main government building in the regional capital,
The protesters - banging metal barrels and waving national flags - also were demonstrating against changes to the criminal code that toughen penalties for the illegal seizure of land, which they fear is meant to deter them from pushing their land claims. Some Tatars, frustrated by the government's lack of response, have physically taken over land on the
"The land issue has been dragged out, and people have had enough," Muslimova said by telephone. In 1944, Stalin accused the Crimean Tatars of collaborating with
Protests are common, but they rarely attract more than a few hundred people.