Among those present there were lawmakers, Ambassadors of Ukraine and Turkey, President of the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars, Commissioner to the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people, members of the Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and Turkish diasporas of Ottawa, as well as concerned citizens.
In his speech, Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed hope that this sad date - the anniversary of the deportation - would be replaced by Day of Crimea liberation from Russian occupants one day.
"We also hope that the Parliament of democratic Canada will recognize the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people once," Dzhemilev said.
Canadian lawmakers gave Mustafa Dzhemilev a round of applause in the parliament, Krym.Realii informs.
According to Member of the Parliament of Canada Borys Wrzesnewskyj, representing the Liberal Party, Mr. Dzhemilev paid a visit to Canada at a time when the repression against the Crimean Tatars intensified and 14 Crimean Tatar activists were arrested.