Kherson Rally in Support of Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Russia
Hundreds of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars were imprisoned in the occupied Crimea
Gulnara Bekirova is holding a portrait of her husband — Edem Bekirov, who has been held in a penal colony in Simferopol for 247 days. He was detained on December 12th, near the Chongar entry-exit checkpoint.
“Such grief came to our house! My husband used to take part in rallies. He supported Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz. He is a very active person. When it happened, we didn’t believe that was true. Because he is an ill person, who walks using crutches. He has been ill for 19 years,” she said.
The main aim of the rally is to support political prisoners and their relatives. Hundreds of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars were imprisoned in the occupied peninsula.
“We can see Russia’s activities. Over 6 years, it has not changed its policy and continues to violate human rights and occupy a part of Ukraine. The only way to release political prisoners is to keep the pressure on Russia,” the representative of Ukraine’s President in Crimea Anton Korinevych said.
Activists have put the information about political prisoners on banners and set up a tent in the center of Kherson with the aim to collect letters of support for political prisoners.
“Today we have 97 people plus 24 sailors, who are prisoners of war. When saying “Kremlins prisoners” we mean those who are held in Crimea and Russia. But we never forget those who are held captive in the occupied parts of Donbas. It is around 130 people, but that is a different topic,” volunteer Maria Tomak said.
Similar events will be held in 10 other cities around Ukraine.