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Finchley to mark 69th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Thursday, 07 August 2014

A REMEMBRANCE ceremony commemorating the 69th anniversary of the “shameful” atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II will be held in Finchley on Saturday.

Residents are invited to join peace campaigners at Victoria Park, in Ballards Lane, to remember the hundreds of thousands of people killed in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki three days later.

One of the event’s organisers, Paul Joseph, said that in the current global climate the events of 1945 should remind people of the need to strive for peaceful conflict resolutions.

“It’s a shameful part of our history,” said the 84-year-old former anti-apartheid activist. “The war was already over and yet they dropped not one, but two bombs, and devastated an entire nation.

“There are lessons to be learned and drawn from the bombings. Regrettably this kind of thing still seems to carry on. Today we have no world wars but how many little wars have we had? We should be making compromises and solutions.”

Co-organiser Gardi Vaswani added: “Billions of pounds are spent on nuclear weapons which should be used for social needs and to end poverty. So much is spent on weapons and so little on conflict prevention.”

The commemoration will be held at 11am by the cherry tree near the cafe in Victoria Park.

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