The deputy of the Canadian Parliament from the ruling Liberal Party Borys Wrzesnewskyj said that the world needs to remember that it is the Crimean Tatars who are the indigenous population of the Crimea, and the peninsula itself belongs to Ukraine. He stated this during the speech to parliamentarians, Ukrinform reports.
"While we honor the centenary of the first Crimean Tatar Kurultai, we should once again confirm that the Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of the Crimea, and the Crimea is Ukraine," Wrzesnewskyj said.
He also reminded of the tragic history of the Crimean Tatar people, against whom the Soviet regime committed an ethnocide by mass deportation.
"It's a shame, but history seems to repeat itself. After the Russian military invasion and illegal occupation, the Crimean Tatars again face disappearances, assassinations of their leaders, exile and group harassment and persecution, "the deputy concluded.
As it was reported earlier the searches and detentions at the houses of the Crimean Tatars occurred at a few places in Crimea as 'Crimean Human Rights Group' reported on November 23.
According to Edem Semedlyaev, the advocate, four Crimean Tatars were detained today in Crimea: Bekir Dehermenji, Asan Chapukh and Kyazim Ametov. Vedjie Kashka felt bad during the detentions and she was hospitalized.