Blood drive pays tribute to Sikh genocide

SURREY — An annual blood drive by the so-called Sikh Nation will take place over the weekend (Nov. 8 and 9).

The "Campaign Against Genocide" pays tribute to events that occurred in 1984, when thousands of Sikhs were killed in New Delhi, India’s capital city.

"In the month of November, Sikhs donate blood to save lives and to give dignified memory to the victims of genocide," reads a post at the website Genocide1984.com.

The annual blood drive was launched in 1999.

"Through this campaign, the Sikh Nation reaches out and embraces the vision that all humans should live a safe and peaceful life," according to the website. "As a result, this campaign has saved more than 81,000 lives (worldwide, as of December 2012).

In Surrey, blood will be collected Saturday, Nov. 8 (from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at the permanent clinic located at 15285 101st Avenue and also Sunday, Nov. 9 (from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at Ecole Gabrielle-Roy School, 6887 132nd St.

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