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France: Parisians honour Hiroshima victims in anti-nuclear protest01:31

France: Parisians honour Hiroshima victims in anti-nuclear protest

France, Paris
August 6, 2015 at 15:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of protesters gathered on Republic Square in Paris on Thursday morning commemorating the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide.

Protesters wearing masks carried banners and placards denouncing the use of nuclear arms and traditional Japanese performances took place to pay tribute to the victims of the atrocities committed 70 years ago. Kolin Kobayashi, an independent Japanese journalist, believes that the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski were not needed to end the war and called their launch a "crime against humanity".

At least 60,000 people were killed in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a further 40,000 were killed in Nagasaki three days later on August 9, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on both Japanese cities. Aside from the victims who died immediately in the attacks, tens of thousands of people suffered long-term effects as a result of the nuclear explosions, many of whom died from exposure in the following months. By the end of 1945 the total death in Hiroshima alone was estimated at 140,000. The twin bombings were the first and last time nuclear weapons were used in a war.

France: Parisians honour Hiroshima victims in anti-nuclear protest01:31
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Dozens of protesters gathered on Republic Square in Paris on Thursday morning commemorating the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide.

Protesters wearing masks carried banners and placards denouncing the use of nuclear arms and traditional Japanese performances took place to pay tribute to the victims of the atrocities committed 70 years ago. Kolin Kobayashi, an independent Japanese journalist, believes that the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski were not needed to end the war and called their launch a "crime against humanity".

At least 60,000 people were killed in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a further 40,000 were killed in Nagasaki three days later on August 9, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on both Japanese cities. Aside from the victims who died immediately in the attacks, tens of thousands of people suffered long-term effects as a result of the nuclear explosions, many of whom died from exposure in the following months. By the end of 1945 the total death in Hiroshima alone was estimated at 140,000. The twin bombings were the first and last time nuclear weapons were used in a war.