India: British diplomat lays wreath on Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary

British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith laid a wreath and bowed in front of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar on Saturday, on the centenary of the so-called Jallianwala Bagh massacre, or Amritstar massacre, during which hundreds of Indian citizens were killed by the British Indian Army. The exact number of deaths resulting from the April 13, 1919 massacre of peaceful protesters... Еще is often contested, with some claiming the death toll is as low as around 300 people, while others claim it reaches up to 1,500. It is considered by many to be one of the worst atrocities of British colonial rule in India. Speaking to journalists after the gesture, Asquith repeatedly expressed regret for the massacre. In addition, he cited prominent British politicians who have denounced the killings throughout the years. «Prime Minister May in the House of Parliament earlier this week referred to it as a 'shameful scar on our history'. Her predecessor — Prime Minister Mr. Cameron — referred to it when he visited India as 'a shameful scar, a deeply shameful scar'. We regret what happened here,» said Asquith. London is yet to issue an official apology for the massacre.

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