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Crimean Tatars Demonstrate On Land Issue

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- About two thousand Crimean Tatar activists demonstrated in front of the building of Crimea's Council of Ministers, demanding that the government take concrete steps to provide land for Tatar repatriates, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

A leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Daniyal Ametov, told journalists that future protests will be held in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Ametov said the government of Ukraine has not implemented all the chapters of the presidential decree on creating a commission to solve the land issue for the Crimean Tatar repatriates.

The Crimean Tatars were deported to Central Asia by the regime of Josef Stalin in the 1940s. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, they returned to the Crimean peninsula, where about 265,000 of them now live. Some 10,000 Crimean Tatars are struggling to acquire land to live on.