An Indian student wears a mock bandage during an anti-nuclear demonstration to mark the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombing, in Mumbai, India, August 6, 2007. Students and social activists from across the city participated in the demonstration demanding the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Photo: Arko Datta/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Peer, Belgium
A soldier stands near a banner that reads "Now or never" as peace activists protest against nuclear weapons in front of the Kleine Brogel military base near Peer, Belgium, April 3, 2010.
Photo: Francois Lenoir/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—New York City, USA
A demonstrator holds a sign during an anti-nuclear weapons protest rally and march in New York, May 2, 2010. On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the U.N., more than 10 thousand nuclear abolitionists from the U.S., Japan, Europe and other nations rallied, marched and joined a peace festival at the U.N.
Photo: Chip East/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Paris, France
French activists "Fast for Peace" in a demonstration to protest against nuclear weapons near the National Assembly in Paris, France, May 4, 2010.
Photo: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Sydney, Australia
A couple walks past a placard during an anti-nuclear demonstration in central Sydney, Australia, August 2, 2008. Social and peace activists participated in the demonstration to mark the 63nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and demanded the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Photo: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Kleine Brogel, Belgium
A Peace activist eats his sandwich as he is arrested by riot police during a protest in front of the Belgian NATO Air base in Kleine Brogel, October 5, 2002. "Forum for Peace Action" and "Mother Earth" activists protested against the stocking of U.S nuclear weapons in the base.
Photo: Thierry Roge/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Berlin, Germany
Germany's Green party leader Claudia Roth (R) attends a protest performance next to the party headquarters in Berlin, April 2, 2009. In this demonstration party, members destroyed a mock rocket to create a message against nuclear weapons.
Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Geneva, Switzerland
Members of anti-nuclear organizations lie on the street in front of Switzerland's Palais des Nations July 5, 1995, to protest against plans of French President Jacques Chirac to continue with the testing of nuclear weapons in the Pacific. Chirac, along with other guests, was in Geneva to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
No Nuclear Weapons—Wanchai, Hong Kong
Greenpeace activists wear masks as they protest outside the Pakistan Consulate in Hong Kong, May 21, 1998, urging Pakistan not to test nuclear weapons. There were fears that Pakistan would conduct nuclear tests after rival India underwent five underground nuclear tests the previous week. Chinese characters on the placards read "anti-nuclear."
Photo: Bobby Yip/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Cherbourg, France
Vehicles drive past a roadside sign reading "No" to the military nuclear cargo, during a protest by Greenpeace activists near Cherbourg, France, October 2, 2004. Two ships, the Pacific Teal and the Pacific Pintail, left the United States for Cherbourg on September 20 transporting weapons-grade plutonium for reprocessing in France.
Photo: Victor Tonelli/Reuters
No Nuclear Weapons—Hiroshima, Japan
A protester shouts slogans as she holds a placard that reads: "Smash Tamogami's speech" during a march in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2009, to mark the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing on the city. More than 1,000 people gathered for a protest in central Hiroshima against the use of nuclear weapons. Many had come to protest an anticipated speech by a former air force official who had called for Japan to be a nuclear power. Toshio Tamogami was fired as air force chief of staff in 2008 after he wrote an essay arguing Japan had not been an aggressor in World War II. He was set to appear at an event hosted by a lobby group that backs traditional values.
Ever since the first atomic bombs were dropped in 1945 over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, humanity has been squeamish about the destructive capacity of nuclear weapons. More than half a century later, people still gather to protest man's drive for radioactive self-annihilation. The hope is that one day we will no longer need to.