Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

London Mayor Calls for UK Apology Over Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Sadiq Khan visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the city of Amritsar Sadiq Khan visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the city of Amritsar
Frank Williams | 08 Декабря, 2017, 00:40

The British government has reiterated its past stance on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, following the call from London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a formal apology from the government, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the atrocity in 2019.

During a visit to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial and garden, the Mayor paid his respects to those who were killed there in 1919, and made it clear that, nearly 100 years on from the awful event, the British Government should formally apologise on behalf of the British politicians of the time.

Sadiq Khan visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the city of Amritsar during his 6-day trade mission to India and Pakistan.

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre counts among the most horrific events of the Indian freedom struggle. The tragedy in 1919 on Baisakhi is one we must never forget. "Some people use the word "massacre", Khan told the media after visiting the Jallianwala Bagh complex. On Sunday 13 April 1919, during the celebration of Vaisakhi, 50 British Indian Army soldiers, commanded by Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, began shooting at an unarmed gathering of civilians, who were taking part in a peaceful protest.

The victims had no place to escape as the only narrow entrance was blocked by the troops.

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In 2013, then Prime Minister David Cameron, while on a visit to India, stopped short of a formal apology, and on returning to Britain, he insisted it would be wrong to "reach back into history".

Mr Khan was also presented with a Siropa (robe of honour) by the officials of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Earlier this morning in Amritsar, Sadiq Khan also visited Sri Harmandir Sahib, often known as The Golden Temple, which is the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hosted a dinner for the mayor on Tuesday where Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and others met Khan while appreciating his initiative "London Is Open".

Khan, who was on a three-city tour of India, visiting Mumbai, New Delhi and Amritsar, later crossed over to Pakistan from the Attari-Wagah land border, about 30 km from here. On Thursday he is in Islamabad and is scheduled to visit Karachi before he returns to London.

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