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Activists block roads into Crimea

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:59

Tatar activists block two main roads leading from the Ukrainian mainland into Russian-annexed Crimea to bring attention to the problems of their people. Diane Hodges reports.

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Tatar activists waving Ukrainian flags are blocking the two main roads into the disputed peninsula of Crimea. The Ukrainian province was annexed by Russia in March of 2014. The Tatars are Turkic-speaking Muslims who have long inhabited Crimea. But many, including the head of the Tatar parliamentary assembly, Mustafa Dzhemilev (MOO-STAH-FAH zheh-mee-LAWF), fled when it was annexed by Russia. One protester says they are determined to decide their own political fate. SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTER, SAYING, IN RUSSIAN: "This is our territory. This is our land and I'm not going to give it to anyone." The demonstrators, joined by members of Ukraine's Right Sector militia group, are turning back commercial trucks, And representatives of European government agencies. But not all Tatar agree with the demonstrators. Some who remained in Crimea splattered a picture of Dzhemilev (zheh-mee-LAWF) with eggs. And painted the word, 'traitor', across the fence in front of his home.

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Activists block roads into Crimea

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:59