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Canada apologizes for 1914 rejection of Asian migrant ship Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologizes, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, for a 1914 Canadian government decision that barred most of the passengers of the Komagata Maru from entering the country. Canadian officials refused to allow the Indians in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian of the time. The chartered vessel was carrying 376 Indian passengers, nearly all of them Sikhs, bound for what they thought would be a new life in Canada. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) The Associated Press By ROB GILLIES Posted: May. 18, 2016 8:00 am Updated: May. 18, 2016 9:38 pm TORONTO (AP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in Parliament on Wednesday for a government decision in 1914 to turn away a ship carrying hundreds of South Asian immigrants. The Komagata Maru from Hong Kong arrived off Vancouver only to have almost all of its 376 passengers, nearly all of them Sikhs from India, denied entry due to immigration laws at the time. The passengers were hoping to challenge Canadian immigration law, which refused entry to any Indians who had not arrived in Canada via a continuous journey from the Indian mainland nearly impossible at the time. The law was seen as a measure to stymie Indian arrivals. Officials refused to allow the Indians in, even though they were British subjects just like every other Canadian of the time. After 20 passengers who had previously lived in Canada were allowed to disembark, the ship was turned away. The ship was eventually sent to Calcutta, and least 19 people were killed in a skirmish with British soldiers. Others were jailed. "Canada's government was, without question, responsible for the laws that prevented these passengers from immigrating peacefully and securely," Trudeau said. "For that, and for every regrettable consequence that followed, we are sorry." Opposition leaders also apologized. New Democrat leader Thomas Mulcair called it "racism, plain and simple." A spectator in the public gallery hollered out a Punjabi slogan that signals happiness after Trudeau spoke. Former prime minister Stephen Harper apologized at an event in British Columbia in 2008, but members of the Sikh community have long said an apology should be offered formally in Parliament. There are more than a million Canadians of South Asian descent. Trudeau had pledged to make an apology during his election campaign last year. He noted in Parliament on Wednesday that Canada's current defense minister, Harjit Sajjan, once commanded the reserve regiment that turned back the Komagata Maru and thanked him for helping the Komagata Maru incident get national attention. "Before entering political life, the minister was the commanding officer of the British Columbia Regiment Duke of Connaught's Own the same regiment that once forced out the Komagata Maru," Trudeau said to applause. "A century ago, the minister's family might well have been turned away from Canada. Today, the minister sits beside us, here, in this House." Sajjan tweeted that he was humbled and grateful and he thanked Trudeau.
This didnt care if the British Sikh victim was a muslim or not he claimed to be doing it in revenge for lee rigby british soldier murdered by 2 black muslim converts. But this fool just saw the victims race as being asian and his colour brown and thus trying to carry out his act of terrorism. It seems British Sikhs are indifferent about combating racist white prejudice, discrimination, attacks and eventual acts of terrorism and yet have been attacked many times in canada, america and USA. Because of their lack of speaking out and too tolerant of cowardly racist white extremists who only hate brown/ asian coloured people they dont even go for jihadi's who they claim they are against. Western white mainstream media and politicians are indifferent they dont care if non-white gets attacked by white terrorist because its not important in their eyes to harm innocent ethnic/religious minority communities. Imagine if it was the other way around brown/asian british sikhs going around trying to kill innocent whites for their alleged crimes aboard or in the past how would it play out in the media? Are we truly equal in terms of getting justice, media fair representation and equal before the law? We all know the answer. British Sikhs need to take a long hard look in the mirror how they are allowing this to go on for so long. ========================= An act of terror': Sikh family of dentist attacked in Tesco by machete-wielding extremist speak out 17:35, 25 June 2015 By Elwyn Roberts The family of injured dentist Dr Sarandev Bhambra said Zack Davies had committed “an act of terror” in launching a machete race attack in a Tesco store. If their races had been reversed the family had no doubt it would have been reported as “terrorism”. Dr Bhambra’s brother, Dr Tarlochan Singh Bhambra, made a statement outside Mold Crown Court after Davies was found guilty of attempted murder. 'This should be rightly defined as an act of terrorism' “Sarandev was singled out because of the colour of his skin. We are in no doubt that had the racial disposition of this case been reversed this would be reported as an act of terror with a wider media coverage. “We as a family have listened intently to the evidence... and are in no doubt given the racial and political motivation that this should be rightly defined as an act of terrorism. “By his own admission Zach Davies had extreme neo-nazi views and is a member of a white supremacist organisation.” Zack Davies in a screengrab from a YouTube videoDr Bhambra said there had been a display of “ignorance” throughout the trial. “Ethnic minorities have and continue to contribute positively to the multicultural Britain of 2015. Sikhs have sacrificed their lives in both world wars to facilitate the freedom that Britain enjoys today.” Cowardly attack left him with 'life-changing injuries'He said his brother, who was born in Leeds, was a young man his family was immensely proud of and had just started out on his chosen career. “This cowardly assault has left him with life changing injuries. Sarandev is currently undergoing an extensive programme of rehabilitation. “We are indebted and will be forever grateful to Mr Peter Fuller who risked his own safety to save Sarandev from this wanton act of terror. We are in no doubt Mr Fuller’s actions, couple with Sarandev’s strength and agility, saved his life. “Sarandev has also asked us to convey out gratitude to the attending emergency services, North Wales Police, Pc Ross Tutton and Iolo Edwards and Eleri Thomas. We would also like to thank the staff at Mold Tesco that helped Sarandev.” They were also grateful for messages of support from people in Mold. 'An embarrassment and shock'DCI Alun Oldfield said North Wales Police welcomed the verdict and had no doubt there would be a lengthy sentence. The racially motivated attack was an “embarrassment and shock” for the people of Mold but not typical. He hoped Dr Bhambra would one day return to work in Mold and he would be supported in every way possible. “Zack Davies is clearly a dangerous individual and this, I am sure, will be clearly reflected in the sentence,” he said. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/an-act-terror-sikh-family-9528045