Rally marks 1 year since the Fukushima disaster

Melbourne, March 11. Photo: Ali Bakhtiavandi

About 200 people marched in Melbourne on March 11 to commemorate the Fukushima nuclear disaster and call for an end to uranium mining.

Long-term anti-nuclear campaigner Margaret Beavis told the rally: “We need to phase out nuclear power. Why are we risking everybody’s health with this terrible power source?”

Tomo Matsuoka from Japanese for Peace said: “Australian uranium ended up as fallout at Fukushima. Nuclear power has never been sustainable and never will be. Australia is the supplier of the fuel — we must stop it.”

The rally marched to the offices of BHP and Rio Tinto to demand an end to uranium mining.

The rally was part of an international day of action. For the Australian rallies, supporting organisations included Japanese for Peace, Friends of the Earth, Beyond Nuclear Initiative and the Australian Conservation Foundation.