No to IOC President Thomas Bach’s theft of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s “anti-nuclear peace” ideals!
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, dubbed the “Baron of Rip-off” by the U.S. media, has had enough of plundering the tax revenues of the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan government for his own organization. They are trying to steal the historical aspirations of the hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who have struggled for the abolition of nuclear weapons, in order to cover up the ugly nature of the modern Olympic Games which are mired in profit. To that end, it is being reported that President Bach and IOC Vice President John Coates are scheduled to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, on July 16. So much so that our anger has already reached a boiling point.
The reason cited for the choice of this date is that it falls on the start of the “Olympic ceasefire” set by the United Nations. However, this date marks the 76th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear test, the so-called Trinity Test, which took place in 1945 in New Mexico, USA. Less than 20 days after the test, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place, slaughtering not only the Japanese, but also many Koreans, Chinese,
Taiwanese, and people of various nationalities, including American soldiers and other prisoners of war. The U.S. still refuses to acknowledge the guilt of this unprecedented genocide, which claimed more than half a million victims.
The Olympic Games are about to go ahead, overriding the will of the people who wanted them canceled.The olympics have lost their mask as a “festival of peace.The Olympic Games, which have never shown any interest in the abolition of nuclear weapons, are now reaching out to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to make a show. President Bach’s use of the image of a “peaceful world without nuclear weapons” to justify holding the Olympics under COVID-19 is an affront to the hibakusha, and this kind of behavior will do more harm than good to the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons. It is the best evidence of above mentioned fact that the Japanese government, which stubbornly refuses to sign the Nuclear Weapons Convention ratified by more than 50 countries and entered into force on January 22 this year, has welcomed the visit of the IOC officials to the A-bombed city.
The final runner of the torch relay at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture on August 6, 1945. However, the lighting ceremony held by him at the torch stand of the National Stadium did not become a force for anti-nuclear peace, but rather a ritual to purify the “fire of the atomic bomb,” and even played a role in paving the way for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, or the era of nuclear power.
The Tokyo Olympics was initially designed to be at first “Olympics for Reconstruction” after the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, in reality, it is nothing but an obstruction to a true recovery that meets the desperate needs of the victims. This mega-event was invited by former Prime Minister Abe with the overt lie of his “under control” statement. On March 25, the 2020 torch relay started from J Village in Hamadori, Fukushima Prefecture, and despite the protests of the people of Fukushima, it passed through a difficult-to-return area where no one has yet returned due to the severe radiation contamination. In spite of the protests of the people of Fukushima, the torch relay was forced to take a course through the difficult-to-return areas where no one has yet returned due to the severe radiation contamination. The dictatorial rule of the Japanese government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Organizing Committee of the Games, which impose the will of the state and capital without regard for the lives, livelihoods, and health of the people, is the same as the policy of the postwar Japanese state, which has not listened to the appeals of the Hibakusha for many years and has forced civilians to endure the damage of war.
It is reported that President Bach was even thinking of serving as a torchbearer in Hiroshima.His visit to Japan in May was cancelled due to strong opposition, but on this day, one week before the opening ceremony, he is going to come to Hiroshima for the same purpose. He is a man who says without hesitation that “everyone must make sacrifices for the sake of the Olympics.” He is also an arrogant person who pressures Japan to host the Olympics with coaxingly such as, “History has proven that the Japanese people have persevered and overcome adversity”.He is a man who has no qualms about saying that “everyone must make sacrifices for the sake of the Olympics. He is also an arrogant person who pressures Japan to host the Olympics with sweet words such as, “History has proven that the Japanese people have persevered and overcome adversity. He is not eligible to talk about a “peaceful world without nuclear weapons. ” We firmly reject the visit of President Bach and Vice President Coates to the A-bombed city of Hiroshima.
July 14, 2021
Hiroshima Liaison Group calls for cancellation of Tokyo Olympics
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