February 20th, 2013
06:03 AM ET

Cameron marks 1919 massacre

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site of the infamous 1919 Amritsar massacre by British troops in India on Wednesday - but those hoping he might apologize for the atrocity were disappointed.

Cameron, the first serving British prime minister to visit Amritsar, a Sikh holy city in the northwestern state of Punjab, laid a wreath at a memorial to the hundreds killed in the massacre.

Writing in a book of condolences at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial, he described the massacre as "a deeply shameful event in British history." He added, "We must never forget what happened here."

However, he did not give a formal apology for the atrocity, which occurred while India was part of the British Empire.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I think that the Prime Minister wrote eloquently of the 1919 event.
    Many apologies made by governments seem inappropriate and dishonest to me, especially apologies for events that occurred during wars.

    February 20, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    I agree Joey, and it was nearly a hundred years ago so it would seem insincere.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Apologies are a farce in such cases. And then Indians would know that we in the West do not apologize for trivial like massacring people.
    Good morning@JI-F@chrissy

    February 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Madeline Albright who had shamed the American spirit by proclaiming that the death of half a million Iraqi children was 'worth it' opened her mouth again and said " drone strikes are very effective in getting rid of people'.

    February 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Why would he apologize when he and his offspring (USA, Israel) have always, and continue to fight wars of conquest, oppression and for the globalist's never ending lust for greed and resources.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |