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Scottish delegation to Icelandic Peace Movement

Veronika Tudhope recently visited Iceland as a guest of the Icelandic peace movement. The main events were a talk to local activists to update them on the situation in Scotland, and a candle floating  to commemorate Hiroshima  but there were also plenty of other opportunities for further learning, networking and  bridge building.












The talk was held at the University to inform Icelanders  on the  exciting developments in the peace movement in Scotland  during the past two years.  The audience was well informed on the referendum  but had not heard about the nuclear convoys or trident whistleblower and wanted to know more.























After the talk there was live interview on local radio, in Icelandic, during which  Scottish CND was  mentioned. The interview was wide ranging  including mention of the convoys. There was also a lot of concern in Iceland that our Trident submarines might be in their waters.


The talk  lead to a interview for the most widely read newspaper in the country which then carried a front page mention and a full page spread. . The heading was,' We need welfare, not warfare'. 














Local activists have been holding a candle floating around Hiroshima day on the lake in the centre of Reykjavik every year for  thirty years. Now people who were brought to it by their parents are bringing their own children. This year it was well trailed on the local radio. It is held late in the evening, despite this, and the chill in the air, nearly 1200 people turned up. Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir , an MP for the Left Greens, spoke at length about the context of Hiroshima, modern-day disarmament and peace. Veronika delivered a short greeting on behalf of the Scottish peace movement  describing some of the events that happened in Scotland tthe same day. She went on to say that these are only a small part of world wide commemorations by people who were born well after the bombs and  mostly have  no connections to Japan. They are  heros who care about people they will never met, and  a source if hope for the future. After the speeches  everyone moved  to the waterside and floated their candles. By the time the diverse crowd dispersed,  just before midnight, the candles had floated round the edges if the pond, through the  bridge and into the neighbouring pound. They were still lit but it was dark, even there, in the land if the midnight sun. A beautiful and moving event. 













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