ANKARA (QHA) -

The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars called on compatriots living on the Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Russia, to boycott the presidential election in the Crimea on March 18, 2018.

QHA publishes the text of the appeal.

Appeal of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars to the Crimean Tatar people

The Russian theater of the absurd in our homeland - in the Crimea, which history consists of glorious and worthy pages, continues its play in the 4th year of occupation. The performance entitled "presidential election", which is traditionally held in Russia, will now be shown on the Crimean scene on March 18, 2018, before the eyes of the entire world community.

The annexation of our Homeland was illegal and unlawful. And all the so-called "elections" that the invaders are holding, like the very annexation, are illegal, unlawful and immoral.

The Crimean Tatar people became an example for the whole world and won respect due to their resistance.

Our uncompromising struggle and resilience have become a role model for all the peoples of the world. The Crimean Tatar people, without allowing a single step from the norms of law, democratic principles and non-violent methods of struggle, has not and will not bow to the occupiers and their puppets.

In this struggle the Crimean Tatars sacrificed their lives, dozens of people went missing or languished in Russian prisons, and the leaders of our people are in exile. 64 of our compatriots are in prison, and one hundred children are eagerly awaiting the release of their fathers.

The Russian Federation, which has been the cause of our tragedy for four years, calls on you to take part in the so-called "presidential elections" together with its puppets.

Decent and brave Crimean Tatar people know perfectly well that the elections that will be held in the conditions of occupation are illegal, unlawful and immoral.

The Crimean Tatar people, with their history full of examples of combating injustice and lawlessness, will give a worthy response to the invaders if they not participate in these elections.

The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars calls to boycott the Russian presidential elections in the Crimea!

QHA