On June 26, Ukraine celebrates the day of honoring the national flag of the Crimean Tatars, one of the indigenous peoples of Crimea.
As the Office of the President of Ukraine pointed out today on this issue, every people has symbols that have forever absorbed all its victories and defeats, pain and joy, memories and plans. But, most importantly, they mean that the people who created them were able to withstand difficult historical battles and carry them with them. For the indigenous Crimean Tatar People, one of these symbols is their flag.
The Crimean Tatar flag unites the history, present and future of the people. Kok-bayrak (blue linen) and the coat of arms Tarakh-tamga are the national symbols of the Crimean Tatars. Mavi kok (blue color) among the Turkic peoples is a synonym for purity and freedom. It is associated with the sky and the sea. Tarakh-tamga is a generic sign of the Gireys, the ruling dynasty of the Crimean Khanate.
These symbols, united in the flag, were carried by the Crimean Tatar People through the entire turbulent 20th century. For the first time, the Crimean Tatar banner was approved by the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatars in 1917. However, after the Bolshevik occupation of the Crimea, he was outlawed. For decades, the people had to live under the symbols approved in Moscow, go through the Second World War and deportation, in order to be able to raise their flag again in independent Ukraine only in 1991.
In 2014, the descendants of the Soviet enslavers began a new stage of the war for the right to conquer other peoples. They occupied the Crimea, began to persecute those who disagreed, kidnapped, tortured, killed, condemned them for far-fetched reasons. About 80% of political prisoners in Crimea are Crimean Tatars, including the first deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Nariman Dzhelal.
Today, the Office of the President of Ukraine added, we all together with the Crimean Tatars are raising the Crimean Tatar flag not only as a symbol of the people, but also as one of the symbols of the struggle for the de-occupation of Crimea. The Ukrainian authorities expressed confidence that truth and justice would win, and Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags would fly again in the liberated Simferopol.