Prior to a rally at the central square of Henichesk, a prayer service (dua) for those killed during the genocide of the Crimean Tatars has been held at the Juma-Jami Mosque in Henichesk, a QHA journalist reports.

“About 50 people attended the dua recited by Imam of Henichesk Eden Basnaev and preceded by a horn of cars in memory of deportation victims. The prayer for the dead began with a sermon referring to Muslims. It was recited by a 92-year-old Mambet Abdulvaapov, the Elder of Muslim community in Henichesk. After the prayer the people marched to the central square of Henichesk for a rally,” the journalist reports.

He also is said that the procession was guarded by the volunteer battalion of Crimea. The demonstrators held placards saying "Ukraine, We Love You!", "Qirim is Yours!", "Russia, go out of Crimea!", "We'll be back!"

On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation, a number of events, including rallies, flash mobs, lessons at schools and NGOs and activists’ initiatives will be held in Kyiv and all over Ukraine on May 18, 2016.

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