HIROSHIMA DAY STATEMENT
Sixty years ago, on 6 August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 150,000 by the end of the year. Three days later, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000 people. The total number of the
Hibakusha (A-bomb victims) who had died by the end of 1995 was about 340,000. The devastation caused by these bombs was unprecedented in terms of the death, destruction and long-term radiation sickness. We believe that the use, or threat to use, such weapons of indiscriminate destruction
can never be justified.
The decision as to the replacement of Britain’s nuclear arsenal, Trident, is due to be taken this parliament. Trident consists of four submarines, each carrying 48 nuclear warheads. Each warhead has an explosive power of up
to 100 kilotons, 8 times the power of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
We call upon our elected representatives to take the lead in working towards a peaceful world, to fulfil British commitments under the Non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and to put the case against a new British nuclear weapons
system to parliament.
Oxford Youth & Student CND
Abingdon Peace Group
Network of Oxford Women for Peace and Justice