Hundreds gather in Tavistock Square to remember atomic bomb victims

By agency reporter
August 6, 2013

Hundreds of people will gather in London's Tavistock Square today (6 August) to remember the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. The event is organised by London Region Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the day that 'Little Boy', an atomic bomb with the power to inflict devastation of an unprecedented nature and scale, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the United States of America. Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

Commenting, CND’s General Secretary Kate Hudson said “Over 340,000 people have died as a result of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As well as the remembrance ceremony in Tavistock Square, CND has sent a representative to Japan to pay our respects at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.”

“Today, Britain has 225 warheads, each with the power to inflict eight times the damage of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. As well as commemorating those who have died and those who are still suffering from those horrific attacks, today we must reaffirm our determination that this should never happen again. The British Government can play its part now by scrapping Trident.”

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