For Crimean Tatar National Flag Day, MIP Launches "Two Flags, United Country" Communication Campaign
On June 26, during the press conference on celebrating the Crimean Tatar National Flag Day, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova informed that the Ministry was carrying out a communication campaign under the "Two Flags, United Country" banner.
"The MIP's campaign "Two Flags, United Country" is about the unity of Crimea and Ukraine, about the joint struggle of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians for the state's integrity and for the free, European future.
"Today, the Crimean Tatar flag in Crimea is the symbol of resistance to the occupation."
Gulnara Abdulaeva, Crimean historian, spoke of the history of the national flag. According to her, both tamga, the Crimean Tatar emblem, and the flag have a great history.
She noted that tamga was mentioned for the first time as far back as at the turn of the 13th century, whereas the flag had a relatively short history: as a state symbol, it was adopted at the first Kurultai in 1917, and, as an official symbol, in June 1919, at the second Kurultai.
Riza Shevkiev, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, commented as follows, "The celebration of the National Flag Day was initiated by our youth, and the Mejlis supported this day, June 26, and recognized it as an official day for the first time in 2010."
It is noted that, as part of the communication campaign, the MIP has prepared video clips, billboards, and citylights.
Furthermore, the campaign was backed by the Ukrainian MFA: on June 26 the Crimean Tatar flag was raised at foreign embassies.