Hiroshima Day 73rd Anniversary
August 6th 1945 at 8.10 am Hiroshima time the first atomic bomb was dropped in anger on this Japanese city and August 9 another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Almost instantly over 200,000 were killed by this most violent of weapons. For 73 years the people of the world and Australia have been calling for the destruction of this most horrible weapon. In 2018 there is still a long way to go!
There have been recent victories with the UN decision to sponsor a ban nuclear weapons treaty which was passed by 120 countries (Australia voted NO). In September of 2017 the number of countries that had ratified the treaty was 59.
The other victory was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Melbourne inspired group ‘International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ (ICAN). The Australian Government has failed to acknowledge the great work of ICAN Australia and its success on the international stage. Contrast that with the praise (well deserved) heaped on the Australian divers who rescued the boys in the Thai cave recently.
As dawn breaks on August 6 2018 we still need to get Australia to sign the treaty and have us come out from the US nuclear umbrella and fight for a world free of nuclear weapons. Nuclear exchanges are still a possibility in many parts of the globe and we still need to have nuclear disarmament.
The Sydney Hiroshima Rally will held on Sat Aug 11 at 11 am Town Hall Square.
For more information: Denis Doherty 0418 290 663