Sit-in at Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims marks anniversary of first nuclear test in Nevada

A sit-in to appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons was held in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on January 27 to mark the anniversary of the first nuclear test conducted in the U.S. state of Nevada. Sixty-five people, including the members of the Hiroshima Congress Against A- and H-Bombs (Gensuikin) and the Hiroshima Peace Action Center, took part in the demonstration.

In his remarks, Tetsuo Kaneko, representing Gensuikin, said, “The proliferation of nuclear weapons will not end unless the nuclear weapon states clearly express their will to abolish nuclear arms.” The participants sat for about 30 minutes, starting at 12:20 p.m., in front of the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and held a banner calling for a total ban on nuclear testing.

The participants adopted a petition which seeks the closure of the nuclear test site in Nevada and the creation of a nuclear weapons convention. The petition was faxed to the prime minister’s office and the U.S. ambassador to Japan in Tokyo.

(Originally published on January 28, 2016)