Banner held by protester Khazrail Khanakhok, September 27, Maikop. Photo:

29 September 2015, 08:29

In Adygea, activists start series of solo pickets in support of Syrian Circassians

A resident of Maikop has held a solo protest action with the demand to evacuate Circassian families from the conflict zone in Syria. Other activists announced their willingness to support the protestor. The pickets were held in response to the murder of an 11-year-old Circassian girl near Damascus.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 28, in Nalchik, near the monument "Tree of Life", people held a rally to pay tribute to the memory of Judy Maf, an 11-year-old Circassian girl, who lived with her parents in the Adyg village of Marj al-Sultan and who was killed in Syria on September 26. The participants of the action have stated that the Russian authorities should pay attention to the problems of Syrian Circassians.

On September 27, in Maikop, a solo picket was held by an activist of the NGO "Adyge Khase-Circassian Council". For about two hours, he was standing with photographs of the killed girl and a poster in his hands reading: "We demand to evacuate Syrian Circassians". On September 28, a repatriate from Turkey announced his willingness to hold a series of similar solo pickets. This was reported by Aslan Shazzo, Editor-in-Chief of the information and analytical agency "Natpress", the "RBC" reports.

"This tragedy has stirred users of Facebook and social activists. And it raised a new wave of pickets. For the last time, the similar situation occurred in 2013, when people held a lot of pickets calling for the evacuation of Russian immigrants from Syria. However, then it failed to get a response from the authorities," Aslan Shazzo has noted.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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