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Hiroshima victims: special vigil held

PUBLISHED: 16:19 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

PEACE campaigners marked the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II with a special vigil.

PEACE campaigners marked the 63rd anniversary of the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II with a special vigil.

Bromley and Beckenham CND campaigners gathered outside The Churchill, Bromley, to remember the victims of bombings that killed 340,000 people.

Secretary of Bromley and Beckenham CND, Ann Garrett, said: "Nuclear weapons are a major factor in international tensions and conflicts. This is so destructive, especially as the world faces major threats such as climate change, terrorism and poverty. These threats require international cooperation and mutual respect."

Sheila Brown, of Bromley Friends of the Earth, said: "It is absurd for us to invest in expensive and dangerous weapons that are useless in fighting terrorism while we look away from the environmental catastrophe staring us in the face."

Birth defects as a result of exposure to atomic bomb radiation in the two Japanese cities persist today.

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