British Royal Family Should Apologise For Jallianwala Bagh Massacre On Its Centenary

British Royal Family Should Apologise For Jallianwala Bagh Massacre On Its Centenary

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Harmeet Singh Walia started this petition to Theresa May and

A member of the British Royal Family should apologise on the centenary of the mass killing of close to 1600 innocent men, women and children ordered by General Dyer, who was later praised in a resolution by the House of Lords.

Colonel (then temporary Brigadier-General) Reginald Dyer (commonly remembered in India as General Dyer) banned gatherings of greater than 5 on 13 April 1919 in Amritsar. The ban completely disregarded the fact that it coincided with the Sikh/Punjabi festival of Baisakhi and the information of its application was poorly disseminated.

On the day of the festival, thousands of completely unarmed and innocent men, women and children gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh, a walled garden with one just gate, near the historic Golden Temple in Amritsar. Col. Dyer arrived without warning (or even a warning shot) and without considering who these gathered people were and why they had gathered, ordered his troops to fire 1,650 rounds into the bodies of these innocent people trapped in the walled garden with just one gate at which General Dyer's troops were stationed. He boasted that not a single bullet was wasted.

Indian sources estimated fatalities at 1,600 while the official British count was just 379.

At the end of the shootings, Dyer shut the gate forcing the injured and the wounded to lie in hot April sun for another 24 hours, killing many more.

Dyer also gave the crawling orders forcing Indians to crawl on their bellies close to the Jallianwala Bagh and anyone lifting their head had it bashed.

While the House of Commons condemned Dyer, the House of Lords passed a resolution praising him.

This is why the apology must come from a member of the British Royal Family, not simply because Dyer's actions were praised by the House of Lords, but also because he took his actions in the name of the Crown.

Sign this petition to implore a member of the British Royal Family to kneel at the Jallianwala Bagh and express remorse, as German Chancellor Willy Brandt had done at the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland as a gesture of humility and penance in light of the horrors of the Holocaust. 

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