Friday, May 12, 2006

Looks like we're in for some mess in Crimea. Too late for me to translate anything, so here're two reports in English.

From the Soviet Russian TASS:

Insurrection actions by Tatars cause transport havoc in Crimea

11.05.2006, 22.20

SIMFEROPOL, May 11 (Itar-Tass) - Hundreds of holidaymakers and tourists in the highly popular seaside resort zone on the southern coast of the Crimea missed their flights in Simferopol airport and trains at the Simferopol railway station Thursday because of an action of protests by the Crimean Tatars, who blocked the major highway between Yalta and Simferopol.

In Feodosia, the Crimean Tatars disrupted construction of a monument to the St Apostle Andrew. A picket put up near the site where the monument is located compelled the authorities to begin dismantling its elements. More specifically, they had to remove the Cross.

This campaign of insurrection is officially timed for the 62nd anniversary deportation of the Crimean Tatars, undertaken during Joseph Stalin's rule, but the main demand the participants of this year's protests are making is to give the Tatars plots of land on the southern coast of the Crimea, a place extremely popular with holiday makers from most parts of the former Soviet Union.

And from the Ukrainian Channel 5.

Crimea: Road blocks prevent Tatars from marking deportation anniversary

Trouble in Crimea. On Thursday, Crimean Tatars marked the 62nd anniversary of their forced deportation by Moscow with an automobile rally. Nearly a thousand cars left Simferopol to drive to Partentit – a village on the southern shore between Yalta and Alushta.

They were blocked on the only road across the mountains leading to Yalta. Local residents and some Cossacks reportedly stopped the Tatars. Mykola Koniev, the mayor of Partentit, said his town will be unable to handle seven to eight hundred Tatar cars. The Tatars meanwhile said that their intentions were to peacefully mark the beginning of Stalin’s deportation of nearly a quarter million people off the peninsula in1944. On Thursday, numerous complaints from tourists who missed their trains and flights because of the road blockage were reported.

And photos - from the Russian NTV:

And, again, from Channel 5:

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