Today’s rally is to show our support for Parliament's unanimous resolution to condemn Japan's dumping of nuclear wastewater - NGOs

Today’s rally is to show our support for Parliament's unanimous resolution to condemn Japan's dumping of nuclear wastewater - NGOs

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 25/08/2023
[Photo: File]

In response to Japan's decision to start releasing the treated Fukushima nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, a coalition of Pacific regional NGOs and local Fiji-based civil society organisations are coming together to organize a powerful march and public rally from 10am in Suva today.

The NGOs say this is a rally of concerned citizens and organisations to show their support for the Fijian Parliament's unanimous resolution to condemn Japan's dumping of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific, encourage our government to act on this resolution and emphasize the need to protect our oceans and the well-being of Pacific communities.

They say the objectives of the rally are to express a unified and resounding opposition to Japan's decision to release the nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, raise awareness about the potential risks and environmental consequences of Japan's nuclear wastewater release, on marine ecosystems, local economies, and the health of Pacific communities, and advocate for transparency, accountability, and international cooperation in addressing nuclear waste disposal.

The march will commence from the front of the Suva Flea Market at 10am and proceed along a designated route through the streets of Suva. Along the route, participants will engage in various actions, such as chanting and singing, and holding placards and banners, to highlight the negative impacts of nuclear waste dumping.

They will then have a people’s rally at Albert Park.

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