California Sikhs Commemorate 34th Anniversary of Attack on Sikhism’s Holiest Shrine, Call for Khalistan

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–Sikh community of California marched on June 10th to commemorate the 34th anniversary of attack on the Golden Temple, the most sacred Sikh shrine in Amritsar, in 1984.

The march started from 2nd Street and ended at Civic Centre Plaza in San Francisco downtown. About 9,000 Sikhs walked on Market Street and covered one mile of every inch, according to organizers.

Sikh gathering reached at Civic Centre Plaza at 1:50 PM and spent 3 hours on presentations, recorded speech of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and eye witnesses of attack followed by prominent speakers of Sikh community such as Bibi Navkiran Kaur Khalra, Bhai Ram Singh, Bhai Sandeep Singh Barnala, Bhai Jatinder Singh Grewal and Dr. Amarjit Singh.

“All speakers insisted on having a separate state known as Khalistan,” said a statement issued by Kashmir Singh Shahi, coordinator of Sikh Panchayatof Fremont Sikh Temple.

In June 1984, Indian army troops were sent to the temple to free it from various militant groups.  Many Sikhs were killed during the Operation Blue Star.



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