Sikhs demonstrate in central London

14:54 11 June 2012

Protest in Trafalgar Square

Protest in Trafalgar Square

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Tens of thousands of Sikhs from across Britain took part in a march in central London to mark the 28th anniversary of the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.

They gathered in Hyde Park before setting off for Trafalgar Square which was transformed into a sea of orange. Police escorted the marchers in an event that has become a regular occurrence for many British Sikhs.

Elderly members of Sikh communities joined families and young people for a good natured event during which they called for an independent homeland and accused the Indian government of terrorism.

Operation Blue Star was an Indian Army led operation, launched in June 1984, to flush out Sikh militants from the Golden Temple, their holiest shrine.

It led to the deaths, not only of a group of Sikhs led by Sant Jarnail Bhindranwale but also of thousands of innocent pilgrims. It also led to the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

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