09/08/2015
Remembering Hiroshima


On 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of August we held a vigil in the centre of Glasgow. We did this to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Hiroshima bomb was dropped on 6th August 1945 and the Nagasaki bomb was dropped on 9th August 1945.

Each of the 4 days we spent two hours at the top of Buchanan Street with our banner which read 'Remember Hiroshima - Nuclear weapons are an obscenity'. At the same time Brian joined with an international group of fasters 'who have decided to deny ourselves nourishment for 4 days, from August 6th, the anniversary of Hiroshima, till August 9th, the anniversary of Nagasaki, to express our total opposition to nuclear weapons, and to call for their abolition.'

We engaged in discussion with those who stopped to talk.

Each day we prayed, read from eye witness accounts and read parts of Thomas Merton's poem Original Child Bomb - '

' 33: The men in the plane perceived that the raid had been successful, but they thought of the people in the city and they were not perfectly happy. Some felt they had done wrong. But in any case they had obeyed orders. “It was war."'