For Crimeans, spring of 2014 started with the occupation of the peninsula with the Russian army. Peaceful rallies against the annexation of Crimea were held virtually every day during last year’s March. Radio Freedom’s Crimean service Krym.Realii recall where and when representatives of different nationalities resisted the Russian occupiers. Euromaidan Press has provided a translation.
3 March 2014
Wives of Ukrainian soldiers came out to protest near the military division near the Balbek airport. 3 March 2014
In Lubymivka village Ukrainian servicemen are gathered on the territory of the military base. Their relatives sit near the fence to prevent military confrontation
A picket to support the servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces near the Headquarters of the Coast Guard Forces of Ukraine’s naval forces. The participants were assaulted by pro-Russian activists.
“Crimea is Ukraine”
“I love Ukraine”
10 March 2014
Another rally against Russian occupation took place on the birthday of the Ukrainian national poet Taras Shevchenko near his monument in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea.
“Mothers SOS”; “Crimea wants peace”
“Referendum is a step to war,” “Putin! take away your little green men,” “I don’t want back to the USSR”
One of the protests of the Crimean Tatars against Russian military aggression on the outskirts of Sevastopol on 10 March 2014 – part of a series of protests that took place on this day.
“Crimean Tatars want peace” – Crimeans protest against Russian occupation, March 2014
The sign says: “Putin is an occupier”
13 March 2014
Representatives of the movements “Women of Crimea for PEACE” held a silent rally in Simferopol in support of freedom of speech. The women covered their mouths with blue tape and held signs without a single letter in their hands.
14 March 2014
Pickets were held in different regions of Crimea against the referendum, which was designated to take place on 16 March 2014. For instance, on the road from Bakhchysarai to Simferopol:
“No to war! Crimea is Ukraine!” Crimeans protest against Russian occupation, March 2014
“Say no to Russia”
Also, rallies were held in Simferopol:
A Crimean Tatar woman holds a sign “Crimea Is Ukraine” in protest to the “referendum” imposed by force by Moscow in March 2014.
18 March 2014
The funeral of Reshat Ametov. The body of the 36-y.o. Crimean Tatar with signs of multiple torture was found on 15 March 2014 in Bilogirsk district. He was kidnapped by unknowns near the building of the Crimean Council of Ministers in Simferopol, where he went out for a solitary picked as a sign of silent protest. This funeral takes place on the Abdal cemetery on 18 March 2014.
Translated by: Alya Shandra
Tags: Crimea, protests, Russian invasion