If Russia uses nuclear weapons ‘every person on the planet would be affected’ - CND

The co-chair of Merseyside CND has spoken out against the war in Ukraine during the annual ‘Walk of Witness’ peace march through the city.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, Christians in Liverpool and non-religious groups such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmamen (CND) have held their annual 'Walk of Witness’ through the city to oppose war.

The march promotes peace, opposes the arms trade, and supports the appeal of Pope Francis and other church leaders to reject the use or possession of nuclear weapons.

On Ash Wednesday, a group that included members of CND gathered in Liverpool to make their stance clear.

The anti-war ‘Walk for Witness’ march ended at Liverpool town hall.

Barbara Hardcastle, the co-chair of Merseyside CND, said: "Well, the current situation in Ukraine is really is frightening. I think the one thing is; it's making us realise will they (nuclear weapons) ever be used?

“They were saying the nuclear weapons were poised to go in Russia, but they didn't go. So does that mean deep inside he (Vladimir Putin) knows they can't be used?

“If they were, every single person on the planet would be affected.

“It wouldn't just be one bomb going off either; there'd be retaliations. These nuclear bombs are 2000 times more powerful than Hiroshima, and that killed around a quarter of a million people."

Make Liverpool a ‘Nuclear Ban Community’

Liverpool members of Pax Christi organise the event; the International Catholic Peace Movement was founded in 1945 to work for peace, reconciliation and the non-violent settlement of differences by negotiation, mutual respect, tolerance and compromise.

They say spending on armaments, especially nuclear weapons, and especially at a time of severe austerity cuts to the most vulnerable is an appallingly choice for which our society should be ashamed.

The procession ended at the Town Hall, where a letter was delivered, appealing to the mayor and city council, to pass a motion supporting the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and to declare Liverpool a 'Nuclear Ban Community'.