75th Anniversary

Published on August 5th, 2020 | by Maaike Beenes

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Today we remember Hiroshima

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the horrific atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Together with the bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August, the two bombs killed about 240,000 civilians by the end of 1945 and sickened many more with cancer and chronic diseases.

75 years after these bombings, survivors are still working for nuclear abolition. On 6 August, we stand with them to remember these bombings. We can’t change the past. But we must remember the horrors the survivors of atomic bombings have endured and honor them by our actions to make sure it never happens again. To bring the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into force. To end nuclear weapons.

All over the world, actions and events will be organized to remember and to act. In the Netherlands, local groups will be organizing events in 10 cities across the country. In Amsterdam for example, there will be a die-in at 100 seconds before noon, the time of the Doomsday Clock. The Peace Palace will play peace songs on its carillon. And we will deliver signatures from Dutch citizens to the Hague, asking the government to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and reject nuclear weapons.

In addition, financial institutions, parliamentarians, religious groups and other organisations will commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Sunday, the day Nagasaki was bombed, churches across the Netherlands will dedicate prayers to the victims and survivors.

Live updates:

   

Bedankt burgemeester Schuiling & @gem_groningen dat jullie je hebben uitgesproken tegen kernwapens en het @nuclearban Cities Appeal hebben ondertekend!💪 @Rijksoverheid teken nu het VN-kernwapenverbod! #nuclearban

Er gaat niks boven #Groningen! Burgemeester Schuiling van @gem_groningen tekent het @nuclearban Cities Appeal.👏🎉 Lokale druk van gemeenten richting de NLse regering om het VN-kernwapenverbod te tekenen blijft toenemen!💪 Lees meer ⏬ https://nonukes.nl/groningen/
#TPNW

This⤵️ is what local support for the #nuclearban treaty looks like!

Mayor @gem_groningen Schuiling just signed✍️ the @nuclearban Cities Appeal! More and more 🇳🇱 cities call on the Dutch gov to join the #TPNW. Thank you mayor & thank you #Groningen!👏 Which 🇳🇱 city next week?😉

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has just ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Only three more ratifications are now needed to bring this crucial treaty into force. Congratulations, @Tuvalu_UN! 🇺🇳🇹🇻 👏 🥳

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