Archbishop of Canterbury prostrates over 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre – World

Britain never apologized for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 in Amritsar, India, but the head of the Church of England prostrated to apologize in a personal capacity and "in the name of Christ."

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British troops shot thousands of unarmed men, women and children in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, killing 379 people according to colonial era records. Indian figures approach the total to 1,000.

"I cannot speak for the British government, since I am not an official of the British government. But I can speak on behalf of Christ," said the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, when he visited the place in northern India on Tuesday.

"I am very ashamed and regret the impact of the crime committed. I am a religious leader, not a politician. As a religious leader, I cry the tragedy we see here," he added on the site.

On Facebook, he added that his visit woke up "a feeling of deep shame for what happened in this place. It is one of the many deep spots in British history. The pain and grief that has transcended generations since then should never be ruled out. or denied. "

The event 100 years ago marked a weak point in the British occupation of India and served to boost Indian nationalism and strengthen support for independence.

In 1997, the Queen of Great Britain deposited a wreath of flowers on a site during a tour of India. But Prince Philip, Prince Philip, made headlines by saying that Indian estimates for the death count were "very exaggerated."

In 2013, David Cameron became the first British prime minister to visit Jallianwala Bagh. He described the episode as "deeply embarrassing," but did not reach a public apology.

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Before the centennial commemorations earlier this year, Cameron's resigned successor, Theresa May, told parliament that Britain "deeply regretted what happened and the suffering caused." But she didn't say sorry either.



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