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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tartars Protest Voting

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- A Crimean Tatar leader on Wednesday vowed to continue protests over voting rights, raising the specter of more violence on Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula before a parliamentary election Sunday.

"We will continue with civil protests," Refat Chubarov, vice president of Crimea's parliament and deputy chairman of the ethnic Tatars' medjlis, or assembly, said at a news conference in the Crimean capital, Simferopol.

"The medjlis also decided that all Tatars, regardless of their status, should go and vote on March 29," Chubarov said. "If they are refused, they should not obstruct other voters but should picket the polling station," he said.

On Tuesday, thousands of Tartars clashed with police in Simferopol.