Activists presented a new information campaign #LIBERATECRIMEA

February 23, 2022

On Wednesday, February 23, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center held a press conference: Information campaign #LIBERATECRIMEA: how to join the fight for Crimea, dedicated to the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea. During the event, a new information campaign #LIBERATECRIMEA was presented, which is designed to raise the level of awareness of the population of Ukraine about the situation in the occupied Crimea.

Speakers were:

Eskender Bariiev – Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal and Foreign Affairs of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people;

Tetiana Podvorniak – Communications Manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center;

Oksana Sakhno- Program Officer (USAID/ENGAGE field representative in Kherson oblast) ;

Andrii Yermolenko – cartoonist.

“The eighth anniversary of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol is approaching. During the period of occupation, 238 people fell under criminal prosecution for political reasons, 124 people are in places of captivity. Residents of Crimea are discriminated against on ethnic, religious, political grounds, persecuted for civic activism, for posts on social networks, and so on”,- said Tetiana Podvorniak, Communications Manager of the CTRC.

The activist stressed that, despite such a situation in the occupied Crimea, the Ukrainian society remains insufficiently aware of the situation on the peninsula, and the information space does not systematically cover this topic.

“Indeed, Crimea has been occupied for 8 years. More than 65,000 people became internally displaced from Crimea. The process of replacing the population continues, the right to study in one's native language (Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar) is limited, historical truth is distorted. All these processes can lead to serious consequences”,- explained Eskender Bariiev, Head of the Board of the CTRC.

According to Bariiev, the main consequences of all these processes can be:

• gradual disappearance of the issue of de-occupation of Crimea from the information space of Ukraine and the world;

• strengthening the process of adaptation of the Ukrainian population to the fact of the occupation of Crimea and, accordingly, reducing the motivation to take measures in order to return the peninsula.

“That is why the Crimean Tatar Resource Center launches the #LIBERATECRIMEA information campaign, the purpose of which is to increase the awareness of the population of Ukraine about the situation in Crimea, the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, their history and culture. This campaign is timed to coincide with the following historical dates related to Crimea: February 26 – Day of Resistance to the Crimean Occupation; May 18 – Day of Remembrance of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people; June 26 – Day of the Crimean Tatar national flag; August 9 – Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples”,- he added.

Currently, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center seeks to raise the level of awareness of the Ukrainian society and to identify the level of its awareness of the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea.

The CTRC team plans to implement this task through the following activities:

• testing various groups of the population online for their awareness of the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea;

• development of a hashtag dedicated to the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea for information screensavers on television and use in social networks;

• development of a thematic framework for Facebook;

• development of infographics for the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea;

• carrying out burgundy campaigns in the cities of Ukraine;

• carrying out Facebook-storm, Telegram-storm, Twitter-storm for dissemination of information.

Andrii Yermolenko, who creates posters for the campaign based on the ideas of #LIBERATECRIMEA activists, noted that it is very important to inform the Ukrainian society about today's events in Crimea. He believes that every Ukrainian should know the true story and continue to fight for the return of Crimea.

“We support public organizations that are ready to respond to challenges and unpredictable changes in the economic and political environment. The #LIBERATECRIMEA awareness campaign is just such an initiative. We hope that Ukrainians will definitely join all the activities that will be implemented within the framework of the project”,- said Oksana Sakhno.

“Today, on the eve of the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea, at such a difficult time for Ukraine, we urge you to join our initiative in order to bring Crimea back home”,- Bariiev stressed.

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