: Crimean Tatar flag banned at 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

13:53 Apr. 29, 2016

Crimean Tatar flag banned at 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Crimean Tatars, with Crimean Tatars blue flags on, take part in climbing the Chatyr-Dag mountains to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Soviet dictator Stalin's mass deportations, in Crimea, on May 16, 2015 (AP)

Ukraine will be represented by Jamala of Crimean Tatar origin with a song titled '1944'

Organizers of the 2016 Eurovision have published the official guidelines for the use of flags and banners at the Song Contest.

However, the usual size restrictions are not the only ones. There is now a list of banned flags – and that's left some groups unhappy, including the Crimean Tatar people.
Their light blue flag with a golden tamga (stamp) was included in the list of the prohibited local, regional or provincial flags, as well as flags of the disputed territories.

Thus, the Crimean Tatar flag found itself alongside the flags of Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Palestine, Donetsk People's Republic, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria and even the terrorist group known as ISIL (Islamic State).

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The organizers added that the rainbow flags, known as the LGBT pride flags, and the European Union flags "will be tolerated provided they will not be used as a tool to intentionally make a political statement during the show."

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Watch also Jamala refutes Russian complaints of Ukraine's 'political' Eurovision entry 

Ukrainians have chosen singer Jamala to represent their country with a song about mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1944.

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