Mejlis: We call on nobody to leave Crimea
The Mejlis considers that ban on the representative body of Crimean Tatars by Russia is aimed at ousting the indigenous people from the peninsula.
Mejlis member Riza Shevkiev said this in an interview with Hromadske radio.
“It is Kremlin’s plan. Their goal is to oust the people and we understand this. We call on nobody to leave Crimea. It is the homeland of the Crimean Tatar people. If reprisals will be used against someone, it will be deportation. If the arrests begin, we will think what to do then,” Shevkiev assured.
When asked by journalists whether the Mejlis members expected such a decision of the occupying power, Shevkiev said that “we have expected this since the very first days of entry of the occupation forces in Crimea.”
“In the first ten days, they arrested the property of the ‘Crimea’ Foundation – the organization which all the Mejlis worked in. It was a signal. All their decisions are unlawful. Any Russian law does not stand up to criticism in respect of trumped-up cases,” he stressed.
As reported, Russia banned the activities of the Mejlis yesterday.