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75 years on, never forget Hiroshima

MP Corbyn is among speakers as politicians and activists gather in peace gardens to commemorate deaths

07 August, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

MP Jeremy Corbyn in Elthorne Park

POLITICIANS and activists gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

The Japanese city was destroyed when the US became the first nation to deploy an atomic bomb during the Second World War.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s London branch marked the moment with poems, readings and speeches, including a speech by Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn from the peace gardens in Elthorne Park.

Speaking to the Tribune, London CND coordinator Hannah Kemp-Welch said it was important to remember the horrific event.

She added: “Some of the survivors are still alive, and have spent their lives travelling the globe to advocate nuclear disarmament. We’re in a particularly dangerous time, as the Doomsday Clock maintained by members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has never been closer to midnight.

“There are nine countries with more active nuclear weapons than ever, and each of those is 80 times more powerful than the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. We owe it to Hiroshima survivors to fight for a complete ban within their lifetime.”

The two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US forces killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians.

It remains the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.

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