Germany: Berlin residents commemorate Hiroshima 75th anniv. with mural and drum ceremony

Greenpeace activists unveiled a new mural in Berlin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima's nuclear bombing on Thursday, in an effort to spread awareness about non-proliferation and to show solidarity with victims. In another part of the city, inside Berlin's 'Volkspark Friedrichshain,' a drumming ceremony was held at the 'Japanese Peace Bell,' a symbol of peace first gifted to the United Nations by Japan, of which there are several around the world. Greenpeace activists hoped the mural would spur Germany to sign onto the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which as a NATO member it has not endorsed. «75 years ago the first atomic bomb was thrown at Hiroshima, we are saying that it should never happen again. That is why Germany should sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, 92 per cent of Germans are for that,» said Kerstin Dorenbruch, a spokesperson for the environmental organisation. Germany has a long history with anti-nuclear activism, with demonstrations against the 2011 Fukushima disaster having drawn hundreds of thousands onto the streets, leading the government to shutdown several nuclear plants and begin a phase out of nuclear energy.

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