Muslims of Luhansk Region prayed for the victims of Deportation of Crimean Tatars
Memorial events to mark the 76th anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from the Crimean Peninsula were held at the Islamic cultural center in Severodonetsk.
“From the beginning of the quarantine and so far, not a single public mass meeting of the faithful has been conducted. Because of this, the tradition of shared supper during the month of Ramadan was changed. However, as a tribute to memory and mourning for the repressed indigenous inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula, it was decided to read a joint prayer," said the event organizer, Imam of the Muslim community of the city of Severodonetsk, Temur Beridze.
According to him, now the Russian occupation regime infringes on the rights of the Crimean Tatar people in every possible way on the basis of religion, by conducting searches in homes and mosques throughout the peninsula. The Imam thanked the people of Ukraine and its authorities for providing an opportunity to communicate in their native language, conduct services and for observing the constitutional rights of citizens.
On May 18, 1944, the operation to deport Crimean Tatars began. This day commemorates the victims of this crime (during the main wave of deportations on May 18-20, 180,014 people were evicted), and also is the day of struggle for the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.