Monday, July 25, 2005
Hiroshima Day in Vienna
The Viennese Peace Movement and the Hiroshima Group Vienna will again organise the annual manifestation 2005 in commemoration of the victims of the first atomic bombs on 6 August in Vienna, St. Stephan's Square.
This year we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the atomic raid of the two Japanese Cities.
The lesson from Hiroshima and Nagasaki is of greater relevance than ever: a world free from nuclear weapons and war. But despite the protest of millions of people war is waged in Afghanistan, in Iraq, the Middle East and elsewhere and people in all the war afflicted regions are severely suffering. On the other hand, research and development on new and above all employable nuclear weapons (mini-nukes, as described in the recent US military doctrine) are carried on. The nuclear arsenals of the so called new nuclear weapons states like India and Pakistan are threatening the world to the same extent as the stockpiles of the "old" ones or the"non-declared". Into this picture the failed Review-Conference on the NPT (New York, May 05) fits perfectly in.
We must say clearly: There is no alternative to the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Prominent and well-known voices all over the world are alerting public opinion to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs, "dirty bombs") by terrorists but also to the threat of resuming nuclear testing by the nuclear powers and the threat of use of nuclear weapons in doctrines like that of the pre-emptive strike.
Therefore, our common endeavour for a world without nuclear weapons and without war is more needed than ever before. For this reason, we are kindly asking you to send us your MESSAGE OF SUPPORT for this very important event on 6th of August (Hiroshima-Day). We expect your kind message not later than the end of July.
All the incoming messages will be collected in our webpage http://www.hiroshima.at and presented publicly at the manifestation inVienna.
Your kind message is a very valuable help in our common effort: a world without nuclear weapons and without war.
Voluntary members of the Peacebureau