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USA: Anti-nuclear cyclists picket White House on anniversary of Hiroshima01:14

USA: Anti-nuclear cyclists picket White House on anniversary of Hiroshima

United States, Washington DC
August 6, 2016 at 20:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Some hundred cyclists commemorated the 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima with a rally in front of the White House in Washington DC on Saturday.

The Director of Win Without War Stephen Miles said "71 years ago today, we saw far too many lives in a moment of destruction that we can never allow to happen again," warning that there were currently more than 15.000 bombs "each far stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima 71 years ago."

Present among the cyclists at the rally were survivors of the Hiroshima bombing.

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. Tens of thousands of additional deaths were caused by the latent effects of the bombings, such as radiation sickness. 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 as weapons of war.

USA: Anti-nuclear cyclists picket White House on anniversary of Hiroshima01:14
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Some hundred cyclists commemorated the 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima with a rally in front of the White House in Washington DC on Saturday.

The Director of Win Without War Stephen Miles said "71 years ago today, we saw far too many lives in a moment of destruction that we can never allow to happen again," warning that there were currently more than 15.000 bombs "each far stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima 71 years ago."

Present among the cyclists at the rally were survivors of the Hiroshima bombing.

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. Tens of thousands of additional deaths were caused by the latent effects of the bombings, such as radiation sickness. 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 as weapons of war.

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