Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for massacre at Jallianwala Bagh memorial

Wednesday 11th September 2019 12:14 EDT

On Tuesday, 10th September, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby visited Jallianwala Bagh memorial and said that he was both 'ashamed and sorry' for the henious crime which was committed in Amritsar in 1919.

In his tribute, Welby lied down on the floor of the memorial after reading out a prayer to God to seek forgiveness. While paying homage at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial Welby said,

"I cannot speak for the British Government. I am not the official of the government but can speak in the name of Christ. It is a place for sin and redemption. You have remembered what they have done and their memory will live.

"I am ashamed and sorry for the impact of the crime committed here. As a religious leader, I mourn the tragedy,"

"Here I come only seeking in sorrow and repentance before the people who have suffered in the hands of British bullets. Again I cannot speak for the government but I speak with repentance," Welby said.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on 13 April, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab's Amritsar on the occasion of Baisakhi.

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