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  • The Amritsar Massacre

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    It is the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.

    On 13 April 1919, a British general, Reginald Dyer, led 50 troops of the British Indian Army to a meeting of 25,000 Indians (men, women and children; Hindus, Moslems and Sikhs) who were protesting the repressive Rowlatt Acts, and the recent violence of the British Army towards the civilian population.

    Upon entering the enclosed space, just a stone's throw from the Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar, in Punjab, his men formed ranks, levelled their Lee-Enfield 3.03 rifles and upon his order, fired 1,650 rounds of live ammunition into the dense crowd. The shooting lasted a full ten minutes. The crowd had nowhere to run. Over 1,200 died.

    Their murderous act of terrorism complete - and having sent a message to the whole of British India - Dyer turned on his heel and left, without offering any aid to the wounded and dying. Indeed curfew - on pain of death - was swiftly imposed, and his victims were left to swelter and bleed to death in the 40 degree celsius heat.

    The period of martial law that followed was equally barbarous. Collective punishments, RAF planes strafing and bombing civilians, trains machine-gunning villagers, the rounding up, torture and public floggings of the men of Punjabi towns and villages, and ritualistic and racist punishments.

    Hundreds were sentenced to death and transportation by rapidly formed courts martial. All unrest and talk of independence was quelled with the most vicious military means.

    Michael O'Dwyer, the Lieutenant governor ofPunjab, Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy of India and Edwin Montague, the secretary of state for India in Britain all rapidly gave their full support to Dyer's actions - although the degree of outrage in India and across the world would trigger his eventual retirement.

    The Morning Post (Now the Daily Telegraph) hailed General Dyer - the Butcher of Amritsar - as the 'saviour of the Empire', and raised a public subscription of £27,000 to pay tribute to his 'heroism'.

    India has long called for an apology from Britain for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. That staunch British imperialist Rudyard Kipling wrote that the leopard couldn't change his spots. That is certainly true of British Imperialism. A sincere apology would demand the cessation of similar atrocities; a change of behaviour; a true admission of guilt - not simply being caught in the act of lying.

    The best apology is for the truth to be known - and to put an end to the blood-soaked system of Imperialism once and for all. India took its national independence. Workers of all countries must take power and finish exploitation of nation by nation, and man by man.

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    The CPGB-ML was set up in July 2004 by a group of committed communists who had either been expelled or had resigned from the Socialist Labour Party. It was set up in recognition of the fact that there was no existing party in Britain that carried a consistently Marxist-Leninist, anti-imperialist, anti-social democratic political line. It was, and is, the unshakable conviction of these comrades that only such a party can develop into a genuine working-class vanguard.

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