Crimean Tatars head for rally in outskirts of Simferopol

Part of Crimean Tatars plan to hold an unauthorized rally commemorating the victims of the deportation of their people in 1944 near a mosque in the outskirts of Simferopol.

Hundreds of people are heading for the rally carrying flags the family emblem of the dynasty of Crimean khans, an Interfax correspondent reports.

Earlier on Sunday flowers were brought to monuments to the victims of the deportation. People came there in small groups. There were no more than 100 people at a time at the memorial near the railway station in Simferopol.

Earlier acting head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov banned mass actions until June 6 over the events in southeastern Ukraine.

"Due to the ongoing events in many cities of southeastern Ukraine, in which civilians have died and been injured, and with the purpose of averting provocations of extremists who may penetrate into the Republic of Crimea and avoiding disruption of the tourist season in the Republic of Crimea, [it is decided] to ban mass events in the Republic of Crimea until June 6, 2014," Aksyonov said in his decree.

Later the organizing committee of events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation announced that the residents of Simferopol would be able to attend memorial events in the area of Abdal cemetery. A resolution of the organizing committee says the format of the events was worked out with due account for "the tense political situation in southeast Ukraine, ongoing developments resulting in casualties among the civilian population."

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