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IPPNW Germany, June 12, 2017

International Symposium "Nuclear Weapon Ban: A European Point of View" in Büchel, Germany

12.06.2017 The second round of negotiations for a UN nuclear weapon ban is scheduled to start next Thursday, 15th June, in New York with more than 130 states taking part. Germany will not be one of them. Hoping to raise more public awareness for the ban, the German affiliate of the IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) organised an international symposium “Nuclear Weapon Ban: A European Point of View” on Sunday in Büchel, a military base in the west of Germany where US nuclear weapons are located, with 70 participants.

International IPPNW guests and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) activists from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Mexico travelled to Büchel to take part in the debate about the nuclear weapon ban, describing the situation in their countries. Following the symposium, participants gathered in front of the main entrance of the nuclear weapon storage site, to simulate a nuclear attack. This morning a blockade took place, marking the beginning of this week’s events, but was quickly ended by the police.