Crimean Tatars protest in Moscow

In 1969 members of the banished nation gathered on Mayakovsky Square

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On 6 June 1969, the second day of the World Conference of Communist and Workers’ Parties [in Moscow], the Crimean Tatars staged a demonstration on Mayakovsky Square. There were five participants: ZAMPIRA ASANOVA, ENVER AMETOV, RESHAT DZHEMILEV, AIDER ZEITULAYEV, and IBRAIM KHOLOPOV.

At a quarter past twelve they unfurled banners at the foot of the memorial to Vladimir Mayakovsky, bearing the slogans:

HAIL TO LENIN’S NATIONALITIES POLICY!     COMMUNISTS, GIVE CRIMEA BACK TO THE CRIMEAN TATARS!     STOP PERSECUTING THE CRIMEAN TATARS!     FREE GENERAL GRIGORENKO! (The last placard carried a photograph of Grigorenko)

A large crowd of about three hundred gathered round the demonstrators, encircling them but not daring to approach very close. The crowd was silent. There were two shouts of “They shouldn’t have betrayed Russia!” No one asked the demonstrators to disperse. [Read more]

A Chronicle of Current Events (No 8) ,30 June 1969
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