Cam­paign­ers gather to re­mem­ber Hiroshima

A-bomb an­niver­sary

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Mem­bers of Ruther­glen and Cambuslang CND and other anti-nu­clear cam­paign­ers gath­ered at the peace tree in Ruther­glen Main street on Sun­day to mark the 72nd an­niver­sary of the atomic bomb be­ing dropped on Hiroshima.

The an­nual event is ar­ranged by Su­san Martin, Scot­tish CND rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Ruther­glen and Cambuslang area.

Once again the cer­e­mony was at­tended by Kimiko Young, who lived in the neigh­bour­ing city of Okayama when the bomb was dropped in Au­gust 1945.

Kimiko made 300 origami pa­per cranes, one to rep­re­sent each 100 peo­ple who died, of the es­ti­mated 300,000 deaths, either in the ini­tial blast or in the days and years af­ter from in­juries or ra­di­a­tion poi­son­ing.

Among the other at­ten­dees were for­mer MP for Ruther­glen, Mar­garet Fer­rier and for­mer coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen North and Cen­tral ward Gor­don Clark.

Ms Fer­rier said: “The United Na­tions re­cently held a suc­cess­ful con­fer­ence in New York to en­cour­age coun­tries to sign up to a treaty to pro­hibit nu­clear weapons lead­ing to their elim­i­na­tion.

“Sadly the UK Gov­ern­ment did not send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, how­ever Scot­tish civil so­ci­ety was well rep­re­sented.

“Hav­ing heard first-hand ac­counts of events on that fate­ful day in Hiroshima, I and oth­ers in the an­ti­nu­clear move­ment will con­tinue to high­light the moral case for rid­ding our coun­try of weapons of mass de­struc­tion.”

Gor­don Clark added: “At a time when so many are hav­ing to rely on food banks to sur­vive it seems lu­di­crous for West­min­ster to agree to spend tens of bil­lions of pounds on re­new­ing Tri­dent.

“This money would be bet­ter used help­ing peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing from West­min­ster aus­ter­ity and in boost­ing our con­ven­tional forces to keep our na­tion’s points of en­try safe from ter­ror­ist in­tru­sion and the threats they pose.”

Com­mem­o­ra­tion CND cam­paign­ers at Ruther­glen peace tree on the 72nd an­niver­sary of Hiroshima

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