Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

This past month I went and traveled to India. One of the things that I wanted to see was the site of The Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre is also known as the Amritsar massacre and was one of seminal events in the British rule of India. A crowd of non-violent protesters were invited to gather in the Jallianwala Bagh gardens in Amritsar, Punjab to protest the arrest of two leaders. When arriving, the british army fired on the crowd for a duration of ten minutes. The Jallianwala Bagh was surrounded on all sides by houses and buildings and had few narrow entrances. Most of them were kept permanently locked. The main entrance was relatively wide, but was guarded heavily by the troops backed by the armoured vehicles.. The exact number of people killed from this incident was never recorded, however an approximated 800-1000 was projected. At this garden was a well called “The Martyr’s Well” which thousands of souls jumped into in hopes of protecting themselves from the gun shots. It was a chilling experience to go to this park and even begin to understand the struggles of those people.

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