In the central square of Simferopol, the officers of the occupation police detained veterans of the national movement of the Crimean Tatars Server Karametov and Nariman Dzhemilev, as well as Server Izmailov, according to the message of Zair Smedlyaev on Facebook.
“We have been just informed about the detention of our compatriots in the central square of Simferopol! Among them are Server aga Karametov, Nariman Dzhemilev and Server Izmailov. They're taken to the central District Department of Internal Affairs," he wrote.
It is noted that three Crimean Tatars came to the square with national flags.
According to the First Deputy Chairman of Mejlis Nariman Dzhelal, police also attempted to arrest the activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Suleiman Kadyrov who came to lay flowers to the monument to the victims of deportation in Feodosia.
However, Kadyrov was released.
14:30 - In Bakhchysarai, the police detained 5 cars driving with Crimean Tatar flags, Aisha Umerova reported on Facebook.
16:30 - Aishe Umerova reported that the trials of the detainee in Bakhchysarai will begin tomorrow, May 19, at 14:00.
“The trials of the detainees in Bakhchisaray will begin tomorrow, May 19, from 14:00, half an hour for each. Five trials of drivers, the rest, to be tried as witnesses. They are threatening with fines of 10 thousand rubles. Our guys were allowed to go home until the trial.
Earlier, QHA reported that in the morning in Bakhchysarai an unknown car with a St. George ribbon on the windshield blocked the approach to the memorial plaque commemorating the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.
Later it became known that the court session on the case of the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiyhoz was canceled due to a mass gathering of people.
Reference: May 18, 1944, deportation of Crimean Tatars began in the Crimea. Soviet power accused the whole nation of cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia. During the trip and the first year of exile, more than 30,000 people died from hunger and disease. Crimean Tatars were allowed to return to their homeland in the Crimea only in 1989.
On November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. In October 2016 Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.