June 1984: Remembrance march and freedom rally in London

London, June 19 (KMS): The Sikh community is holding a protest rally, today, at Trafalgar Square, UK, to mark the 38th anniversary of the Battle of Amritsar and Indian state army attack on Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar in June 1984.

Sikh diaspora across the world, especially those living in UK, Europe and North America, has found a new spirit to contest Indian hegemonic attitudes and browbeating of the proud Sikh community.

Sikhs have been awaiting justice for the missing members before and after the operation and destruction of their holy place of worship, Sikh Reference Library, killing of thousands of civilians who had gathered inside Golden Temple just to pay obeisance at the Temple and also for the thousands killed during the anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi and other parts of India.

Sikh activists and leaders have marked the “Operation Blue Star” as the “Ghallughara” (“genocide”) of the Sikhs. Head of Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh said that all Sikhs want to see a separate Sikh state “Khalistan”.

The brutality of ‘Operation Blue Star’ was not confined to the Harmandir Sahib. Indian armed forces simultaneously attacked 40 other historic gurdwaras all over East Punjab.

Dr Sangat Singh writes in his book, The Sikhs in History, “Indian government has killed over 1 million to 1.2 million Sikhs. Since 1947, the Indian government has also killed 50,000 Christians and 100,000 Muslims. The only way to stop this state terrorism is to create a “Khalistan” state, where Sikhs and other religious people can enjoy their freedom.

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