British and Japanese anti-nuclear campaigners will demonstrate together in London on Saturday 15th March to commemorate the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. See full details below.
The demonstration will coincide with events taking place around the world to highlight the legacy of the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and to call for an end to nuclear power.
CND’s General Secretary, Kate Hudson said:
‘Japanese officials have come clean that 160,000 people who were displaced in the wake of the disaster may never return to their homes.’
‘The area remains a wasteland, where contamination is seeping out quicker than Tepco can control it. Miles O’Brien, a science correspondent, who recently visited the site, described it as “a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time”. The decontamination operation – overseen by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) – is expected to last at least 30 years.’
‘Three years on, it is both a moral obligation and a logical conclusion to heed the lessons of the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear power has shown itself to be a dirty, dangerous and expensive form of energy. Instead of subsidising nuclear power and building new reactors, we call on the British Government to get serious about renewable energy.’
‘Without a genuine commitment – shown through vastly increased funding for research, development and green energy infrastructure – this government’s superficial commitment to, in David Cameron’s words, “green crap”, is just that.’
March on Parliament and Rally
12:30pm, Saturday 15th March
Hyde Park Corner to Parliament
Meet: 12:30pm by Hyde Park Corner tube station, near the “Hyde Park” exit.
March via Japanese Embassy and offices of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO – the owners of Fukushima) to Parliament.
Rally: 3:00–4:30pm at Old Palace Yard, opposite House of Lords. Attendees include fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, Samarendra Das, Fukushima evacuees. There will also be music, singing, a human chain and a die-in.
Events organised jointly by CND, Kick Nuclear and Japanese Against Nuclear (UK)
For further info, contact David Polden (London Region CND) on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7607 2302