Bloody Sunday vs Amritsar Massacre

As I was reviewing the Russian Revolution, I was thinking about Bloody Sunday and how it is similar to the Amritsar Massacre. In both cases people were peacefully protesting and authority started to shoot. Although Bloody Sunday was completely unprovoked and the Amritsar Massacre occurred because the people were unknowingly breaking the Rowlatt acts, they both were times of governmental authority shooting innocent people. I think that during most revolutions there are acts of injustice through the deaths of innocent people. Do you believe that Bloody Sunday and the Amritsar Massacre are similar? or different?

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3 Responses to Bloody Sunday vs Amritsar Massacre

  1. Sheena says:

    I agree with you Maggie I seem to find many similarities between these two events. I think an similarity is in both cases there was no true provocation for the violence. The protestors in both cases never had an intention for violence, and they did not expect the violence. These people were not protesting with knowledge that a massacre would occur as a result. They simply found themselves unhappy with the state of the government, and they were protesting these events. Although the Rowlatt Acts had been passed before the violence, these events occurred not far from each other. The protestors could have not been informed yet that the gathering of a large assembly was banned.

  2. Carly says:

    I think the Bloody Sunday and the Amritsar massacre are alike and are both characterized by violence oppressing something peaceful. In both cases I don’t think the violence was necessary and in fact made it worse for the Tsar’s regime and the British. I also think Gandhi in the Indian Revolution had other peaceful protests that were violently oppressed by the British, and it’s interesting to wonder how things would have turned out if the British didn’t respond with violence. Would they have maintained rule over India? I also wonder why the British felt the need to use violence against the protestors, instead of peacefully trying to come to an agreement with India and Gandhi before immediately turning to violence.

  3. Pho says:

    I agree that both Bloody Sunday and the Amritsar Massacre are similar but I also go as far to say that the Tiananmen Square protests in China were also similar for the same reasons. The once student demonstrations for economic reform became a large mass movement of Chinese people protesting for political freedom. Similar to both Bloody Sunday and the Amritsar Massacre, the Chinese government was ordered to oppress the protesters. I also believe that the Tiananmen Square protests guided China’s political principles that are in place today. In China today, you aren’t allowed to criticize the Chinese government and I believe that was in part due to the results of the protests in 1989. Similar to Carly, I wonder how China’s history would have changed if the Chinese government hadn’t oppressed the protests with violence.

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