Wed. August 15, 2012
CND Cymru Vice Chair Ray Davies reflects on the Hiroshima Day event at this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol
What a wonderful day we all had when the National Eisteddfod came to Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, bringing poets, choirs, artists from all over Wales who demonstrated the abundance of talent that our Welsh nation is so fortunate to have.
Côr Cochion Caerdydd, Cardiff Reds Choir, joined CND Cymru, Cymdeithas yr Iaith and Cymdeithas y Cymod’s commemoration of Hiroshima Day, singing to the gathered crowd to remember the victims of the nuclear age in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Fukushima.
We ended our day by occupying the Welsh Assembly Government tent, led by members of CND Cymru. We blocked the entrance into the tent in protest at Carwyn Jones’, First Minister’s support for nuclear power, and his plans to build a new generation nuclear power station in Wylfa.
We expressed our anger at his comments that, if and when we won independence, he would welcome a fleet of nuclear submarines, which the Scottish Parliament are on the point of throwing out from their country. We in the Welsh peace movement will never ever allow our country to be the home of the British nuclear submarine fleet.
The Welsh Assembly employees manning the ten were sympathetic to our peaceful occupation, and collected all the questionnaires on which we wrote our complaints against nuclear power, in order to give them to the First Minister. As people queued up to add their signatures we sang “Mae gen i freuddwyd/ I have a dream”, based on Martin Luther King’s vision of a world living in peace and harmony.
I sincerely hope that having read them, that Carwyn Jones from the Cabinet and the whole Welsh Assembly Government will get our strong message, and come behind us in support of a Nuclear Free Wales so that once again Wales can be an example of peace to the rest of the world.
From a letter by Ray to The Scottish herald Newspaper in reply to an article published on August 13th 2012 : http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/wales-ready-to-cash-in-on-trident-if-scots-go-it-alone.18556460