Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for massacre in India

The archbishop of Canterbury has said he regrets a massacre by British colonial forces of hundreds of Indians participating in a peaceful demonstration for independence 100 years ago.

ByThe Associated Press
September 10, 2019, 11:02 AM
Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby, prostrates as he pays respect at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. More than 300 Indians attending a peaceful rally calling for independence were killed during a massacre by British colonial troops at this spot 100 years ago. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI -- The archbishop of Canterbury said Tuesday he regrets a massacre by British colonial forces of hundreds of Indians participating in a peaceful demonstration for independence 100 years ago.

Archbishop Justin Welby spoke at a memorial for victims of the attack in northwest India.

The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire at a crowd demonstrating for independence, killing more than 300 and injuring 1,200.

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

He said he could not speak on the behalf of the British government, but he was "personally very sorry for this terrible atrocity."

When asked if he would seek an apology from the British government, Welby said, "I think I have been very clear about what I feel and that will be broadcast in England," the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

In April, then British Prime Minister Theresa May called the killings a "shameful scar" in British-Indian history but stopped short of a formal apology.

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