Mac Lochlainn marks anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima
Sinn Féin TD and Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has today marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima in Japan.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“On 6August 1945, 70 years ago today, the world got a glimpse of the most destructive thing that humans have ever created before or since, as the US military dropped the world’s first atomic bomb.
“The bomb targeted Hiroshima and killed 70,000 in a matter of seconds and the death toll rose to 140,000 by the end of 1945.
“Witnesses have described seeing zombie like figures running around screaming with their skin dripping off after explosion, while others described people disintegrating before their eyes.
“Nuclear weapons are pure evil and threaten the very existence of mankind. Due to the stockpiling of nuclear weapons, the human race has never been closer to extinction.
“All nuclear weapons need to be put beyond use and new measures put in place to ensure that they can never be produced again.
“In a world were 80 million people are currently displaced, where 800 million people suffer from acute hunger, where billions live in poverty, and where climate change is causing havoc, the last thing we need is nuclear weapons and money spent on weapons that can killed tens of thousands in seconds.”