Asian Image – Thousands of Sikhs to gather in London to commemorate 1984 Golden Temple attack

London-UK, 2 June 2017. Thousands of Sikhs from across the UK are set to gather in central London on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the June 1984 attack at the Golden Temple [Harmandr Sahib], Amritsar.

Sikhs will gather in Hyde Park between 11am and 1pm.

This will be followed by a protest march through central London before holding a massive freedom rally in Trafalgar Square between 2-5pm.

The theme of the annual event is Truth, Justice and Freedom. Truth will focus on the need for a judge-led independent public inquiry into UK involvement in the attack and anti-Sikh measures against the British Sikh community and activists following pressure from the Indian authorities in return for trade.

Further details will be revealed about the ongoing legal action and political campaign for an independent public inquiry to get to the truth of UK involvement.

The Labour Party has committed in its 2017 General Election manifesto to hold an independent public inquiry into the actions of the UK Government.

A senior figure in the Labour Party is expected to address the 25,000+ Sikhs gathered in Trafalgar Square a few days before the General Election on 8 June and confirm the inquiry will also address restrictions imposed on British Sikhs in the UK.

Those gathered for the event will be told using the definition of Genocide in Article 2 of the UN Convention on Genocide 1948 the series of events in June 1984, the killings and disappearances in the months that followed and the systematic and deliberate killing of innocent Sikhs in November 1984, separately and collectively constitute Genocide.

The Sikh Federation (UK) will disclose at the rally in Trafalgar Square they have been lobbying the five permanent members of the UN Security Council for a UN-led inquiry into the atrocities committed by the Indian authorities in 1984.

On 6 June a written submission will be presented to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, UK, US, France, China and Russia. It will be communicated that international law and the experience of the Sikhs over the last 70 years is the basis on which Sikhs have a legitimate demand for an independent state.


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