Group to ask UK Govt to consider India’s “state sponsored Genocide of Sikhs” when dealing with India “for post Brexit trade talks”.
Sikh women are to march across London in silence tomorrow in order to hand letters to government authorities in regards to the Sikh genocide of 1984.
33 members of the UK Sikh Ladies Coalition, representing 33 years of injustice, will assemble from 10am at Trafalgar Square before walking in silence to High Commission of India, Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster, where they will hand letters to the establishments detailing Sikh hurt about the 1984 Sikh genocide and future and concerns regarding trade deals between the UK and the Indian state.
A statement from the group reads, “Our request to Her Majesty’s Government is that any post-Brexit trade talks with India should consider the longstanding issue of the state-sponsored genocide of Sikhs in the days following the assassination of then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.”
Declassified documents of government communication prior to the 1984 Sikh genocide have revealed that the UK were concerned about jeopardising trade deals between the nations, resulting in collusion between the two in regards to “Operation Blue Star”, the Indian government assault on Darbar Sahib (the Golden Temple), which saw thousands of murdered civilians during a state wide shoot-on-sight shutdown of Punjab. It was this strategic and callous attack which led to India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi being assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, resulting in the state facilitated genocide of an estimated 30,000 Sikhs across India.
A spokesperson stated regarding the aim of the letters, two of which will be directly addressed towards PM Theresa May and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, “We hope the letters will urge India to redouble it’s efforts to bring justice and closure to the victims of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide.”
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