The mayor of Hiroshima, called for the abolition of all nuclear weapons on Wednesday (6 August) during the commemoration service for the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 30 years ago.
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Background: The mayor of Hiroshima, called for the abolition of all nuclear weapons on Wednesday (6 August) during the commemoration service for the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, 30 years ago.
The ceremony was opened by a couple, representing thousands of bereaved families, who placed a wreath in honour of the latest 2,172 Victims to die as a result of the holocaust.
The same couple rang the Peace Bell at 8.15 a.m. -- the moment thirty years ago the American Superfortress dropped its bomb, causing an estimated 200,000 deaths.
Mayor Takeshi Araki, reading the city,s Peace Declaration, said countries possessing nuclear weapons had ignored Hiroshima's protest. Not only in continuing to make nuclear tests, but absorbing themselves in developing those bombs, he said.
Mayor Araki said other countries were following their lead and aimed towards arming themselves with nuclear weapons, thus intensifying the proliferation of nuclear arms.
The world today is in an era of chaotic nuclear competition, at the threshold of a grave crisis that could lead to the annihilation of mankind, he said.
A right-wing nationalist interrupted the ceremony by rushing onto the podium. But he was quickly dragged away.
At the end of his speech, Mayor Araki, released 1700 doves, to symbolise hopes for world peace.