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Scotland remembers Hiroshima

Events will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Paisley, Ayr, Stirling and Helensburgh to mark the 66th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on HiroshimaThese are organised by local Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament groups.

Glasgow - Byres Road, near junction with University Avenue, opposite Little Italy, 12 noon Saturday 6 August. Speakers include Bill Kidd MSP (SNP) and Cllr Martha Wardrop (Greens). Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/qMeczE  Also Japan Desk Scotland are holding an exhibition in the Mitchell Library from 30 July to 26 August with an opportunity to make paper cranes, to send to Hiroshima, at 12.30 each Monday to Friday .

Edinburgh - Vigil at East End of Princes Street, 11 am - 12 noon Saturday 6 August; Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/qRusAv

Dundee - Hiroshima anniversary walk (30th walk) up Dundee Law, gather at the foot of the Law at 8 pm and march off at 8.30 pm Saturday 6 August

Aberdeen - Floating 200 peace lanterns on the River Dee. Gather at the Fisherman's Hut at 8.30 pm Saturday 6 August, range of speakers including Maureen Watt MSP. Website: http://banthebomb.org/AbCND/

Helensburgh - Meet at Faslane Peace Camp at 8.45 pm on Saturday 6 August, followed by floating candles from the beach near the Peace Camp at 9 pm. Also, weather permitting, there will be a stall on Helensburgh seafront from 12 noon to 4 pm on Saturday 6 August.

Paisley - Gather at 2 pm on Saturday 6 August at the Glasgow Road entrance to Barshaw Park, Paisley for a walk to the Peace Garden where there will be a short ceremony.

Ayr - Meet at 2 pm on Sunday 7 August at the Council Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr for a peace walk through the town centre.


Stirling - Meet at 7.30 pm at the Peace Garden, Pullar Park, Bridge of Allan

"The nuclear accident in Fukushima reminded the world of the man-made destruction inflicted on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 66 years ago. The nuclear weapons based in Scotland today are equivalent to 1,500 Hiroshima bombs. There should be no place here, or anywhere else for these Weapons of Mass Destruction".

(The best estimate for the yield of the Hiroshima bomb is 15 kilotons. The Defence Review in September 2010 said that the UK has a stock of 225 nuclear warheads. These are each thought to have a yield of 100 kilotons. The Defence Review announced that the total stockpile will be reduced to 180, equivalent to 1,200 Hiroshima bombs, by the 2020s.)