New Delhi/ Kolkata/ Bangalore: Marking the 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thousands of Global Zero activists participated in a global day of action calling for an end to the nuclear threat. Activists took to the streets, riding cycles or walking in Kolkata, Bangalore, and New Delhi, tracing the blast of a “small” nuclear weapon and highlighting the zone of devastation in which most injuries would be fatal, overwhelming any possible humanitarian relief efforts.
“Nuclear weapons do not make us safer- they are designed to destroy entire cities and kill lakhs of people in the blink of an eye. Indian and Pakistani nuclear arsenals are pointed at each other and as tensions between the two countries rise, the risk of a nuclear catastrophe skyrockets,” said Rashi Jauhri South Asia Field Organizer at Global Zero. She adds, “World leaders, including PM Modi and PM Sharif must understand that these barbaric weapons jeopardize our homes, our communities and our safety every day – and that the only way to keep us safe is to set us on a course to eliminate them. We need leaders who are going to work every day to prevent another Hiroshima, not make one more likely.”
Grassroots activists are hitting the streets in 24 cities around the world: New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore in India, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad in Pakistan and 15 cities.
The demonstrations also come at a time when President Barack Obama, facing public pressure to live up to the nuclear commitments he outlined in Prague in 2009, is reportedly considering a series of executive actions to reduce the global nuclear threat, including a bold reform that would end U.S. policy permitting first use of nuclear weapons.
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Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. It is led by more than 300 eminent world leaders and backed by half a million citizens worldwide. For more information, please visit www.globalzero.org.