May 13, a rally in commemoration of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people of 1944 began at 14:00 in Ankara, at Anadolu Square.

According to QHA journalists, the members of the Association for the Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars from Ankara, Aksaraya, Ceyhan, Sakarya, Kyrikkale, Polatlia and other cities of Turkey take an active part in the event.

One of the posters said: "Russia, get out of the Crimea".

One of the posters read: "People, Fatherland, Crimea"

According to the secretary general of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Namık Kemal Bayar, the city authorities of Ankara gave their consent to hold a rally.

May 13, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov addressed an appeal to the participants of the rally in Ankara.

In his appeal, Chubarov noted that the Crimean Tatars will never forget the victims of the deportation of 1944. The Ukrainian MP further noted that today the situation of the Crimean Tatars continues to be difficult.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens not to participate in the mourning rally in memory of the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, which was taking place on May 13, in Ankara.

Reference: May 18, 1944, under the decree of Stalin, Crimean Tatars were deported from the Crimea to remote regions of the Urals and Central Asia.

In 1989, the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in the USSR was convicted and found to be unlawful. In November of 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Independent Ukraine recognized the deportation of 1944 as a genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.

Photo: QHA, Kırım Tatar Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları