Hiroshima Commemorations

Events to mark the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic and hydrogen bombs and call for UK and world nuclear disarmament took place across Edinburgh and Scotland today. Further events are taking place in coming days and weeks. CNDs Kate Hudson urged that we keep up the pressure into the future.

EdinburghCND supporters were outside theScottish Parliament at 12 noon and there were petals and  paper lanterns floating  on the pond
The annual vigil took place from 6-7 pm on the Mound/Princes Street. We had songs from Protest and Harmony and Callum Baird and words from a number of members. See our Facebook page for more https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghCND

On Saturday EdinburghCND will be at the East End of Princes Street at 1230 and Trident Ploughshares have a vigil on the High Street from1-5pm.

Starting at 8:15am today Ellen Moxley, 80, of Trident Ploughshares began a four day fast outside the Scottish Parliament which will finish at 12 noon on 9th August outside the Scottish Parliament. Ellen was one of the Trident Three who dumped £80,000 worth of computer equipment as part of the Trident nuclear weapons system into Loch Long in 1999 and was
awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2001 and the Gandhi Foundation Peace Award in 2004. She will be outside the Scottish Parliament for some of the time in between. This is part of an international fast taking place in France, the US and other countries as well as London, Glasgow and elsewhere in the UK.

Two exhibitions opened today. The Launch of the “Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Bomb? Exhibition is at 6:30pm at 11 Gayfield Square Venue 116 with music and spoken word, featuring Bill Kidd MSP and the comedian
Mark Thomas. The exhibition runs from 6-19 August 10am- 5:30pm.

The “Humanity and the A Bomb” exhibition, organised by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and Trident Ploughshsares, opens today at Leith Community Education Centre, 12A Newkirkgate and runs until the 20th of August. The exhibition comprises photographs of the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and artwork by survivors with explanatory text. Daily  The exhibition is free and open to the public. [6]

On 8 August there is a screening of the film “X Years Later” a documentary on the exposure of Japanese fishermen to radiation from nuclear testing on the Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, and the ensuing coverup of the effects. Japanese with English Subtitles. Directed by Hideaki Ito. The film will be followed by discussion led by Edinburgh
Peace and Justice Centre Coordinator Brian Larkin. 5:30 for 6:00 -8:30pm, 11 Gayfield Square, Venue 116. Free Donation requested.

On 9 August there will be a screening of the HBO film “White Light/Black Rain” followed by discussion led by Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre Coordinator Brian Larkin. 5:30-8:30pm, 11 Gayfield Square, Venue 116. Free. Donation requested.

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