A ceremony in memory of victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide attended by almost a hundred people took part outside the building of the Federal Parliament of Canada, Ukrinform reports.

The event was attended by the Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatars Affairs Mustafa Jemilev, MPs, the Ambassadors of Ukraine and Turkey, the President of the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars, members of Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and Turkish communities of Ottawa, as well as other concerned citizens.

In his speech, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people expressed the hope that once the solemn date - the Deportation anniversary – will be replaced by date of liberation of Crimea from the Russian occupation.

“We also hope that once the Parliament of democratic Canada will recognize the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people,” Jemilev said.

In order to support the Crimean Tatars the participants stood to form the shape of Tarak-Tamga Crimean Tatar symbol outside the Canadian Parliament.

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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