Jallianwala Bagh: 100 years later

Saturday, the 13th of April marked the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the incident that changed the path of Indian history. Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Amritsar, where the Bagh is located, to mark the anniversary, holding candles and the national flag.
A hundred years ago, British Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened fire on a group of Indians who had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh which is located near Amritsar’s Golden Temple. The Indians had gathered to demonstrate against British rule in India and were unarmed and peaceful. That didn’t stop Dyer from ordering his soldiers to fire into the crowd. The firing ended only when the troops ran out of bullets-at the end, 379 lay dead and some 1,200 were wounded.
The shocking incident caused Mahatma Gandhi to launch the Non-Co-operation Movement. It also tremendously angered Indians as a whole, moving them to fight harder against the British. On the 100th anniversary of the incident, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that “the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history”, but she did not issue a formal apology. Over the years, many Indians have demanded a proper apology from the British Government but this is yet to come.