"They were trying to convince me and others with my help that this event would do no good, it would be destabilizing, and so on. And at the same time they warned that the participants would have troubles upon their return. They warned me, so that I would take efforts for the residents of Crimea, the Crimean Tatars, did not join the rally to block Crimea under the threat that they will be taken measures against, including initiation of criminal cases," Dzhelialov said.
He also insisted that those conversations were of informal nature. At the same time, the Mejlis, according to its deputy head, did not urge the Crimean Tatars to take part in the blockade. He stressed that "all the arrangements have been carried out by those living in Ukraine's mainland."
As reported earlier, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people have launched an indefinite strike campaign to block the trucks heading to Crimea since Sept. 20. According to the Coordinating Council of the event, only pedestrians and passenger transport will be able to cross the administrative border unobstructed.