On 10 May Riga hosted a discussion “The destiny of Crimean Tatar people” with the participation of deputy Chairman of Majlis of Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz and Director of the Crimean Institute of strategic studies Arsen Zhumadilov, who visited Latvia upon the invitation of the Baltic-Black Sea Alliance.
At the beginning of the event Charge d’Affaires a.i. Alisa Podolyak informed those present about the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, violation of the rights of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the occupied Crimea, refusal of Russia to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice on the introduction of provisional measures, in particular, the ongoing prohibition of Majlis.
The Crimean Tatar activists told the audience about the real situation in the occupied peninsula, the struggle of Crimean Tatars for the freedom and desperate attempts of the occupational administration to gain control on the peninsula through intimidation, sheer lies and imposing historical myths.
The attendants had an opportunity to view the photo exhibition “Grown-Up Crimean Childhood” by Russian journalist Anton Naumlyuk provided by the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia, which tells about the life of children of political prisoners – Crimean Tatars, whom the Russian power persecutes for opposition.
The meeting was held on the eve of the Deportation of Crimean Tatar Memorial Day on 18 May.