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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2021 9:10 p.m. PST

… It Time for Britain to Apologize for the Amritsar Massacre?

"ON APRIL 13, 1919, British army officer General Reginald Dyer marched his troops into the Jallianwala Bagh in the Punjab city of Amritsar and ordered them to open fire.

The crowd assembled before Dyer's soldiers was not asked to disperse and no warning was issued before 1,650 rounds of ammunition were unloaded.

After ten minutes of constant and targeted shooting, Dyer's men left. Officially 379 civilians were killed, with thousands wounded. Some were left at the scene of the massacre overnight as a curfew prevented their retrieval. The bullets killed Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims, pilgrims and political speakers, farmers, traders and merchants, men, women and children. The youngest victim was an infant of just six weeks…"

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JMcCarroll10 Jan 2021 4:07 a.m. PST

From a 21st century view point it was a useless tragedy.
From a 20th century view point it was necessary.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2021 4:25 a.m. PST

I don't think the description given is accurate – it was more complicated than that. Still a major error of judgement and an avoidable tragedy.

I don't think it was considered 'necessary' even at the time. All involved were criticised even if very little was done. It should have provoked outrage but it was played down in the press after pressure from a government under pressure in many other areas.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Jan 2021 7:16 a.m. PST

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Legion 410 Jan 2021 7:53 a.m. PST

Very sad …

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