Japan: Hiroshima marks 77th anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack | News | DW

Bells tolled in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Saturday to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing.

In Peace Park in central Hiroshima, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among leaders gathered to mark the precise moment that the US dropped the atomic bomb, resulting in 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945, many of them instantaneous with the bomb’s impact. It is only the second time a UN Secretary-General has taken part in the annual event.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a native of Hiroshima, was also in attendance.

A moment of silence and doves for peace

The crowds, which included leaders and diplomats, observed a moment of silence at the exact time the moment the bomb exploded. Hundreds of doves, a symbol of peace, were released.

On August 6,…

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