The Kertafleyting, a candlelight vigil protesting nuclear weapons, was held in Reykjavík on Thursday night, mbl.is reports. The well-attended event, which has been held annually since 1985, commemorates the victims of the 1945 nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while also urging nations around the world to abolish nuclear weapons entirely.
Attendees floated candles on the surface of Tjörnin pond and also listened to speakers including Hjörtur Pálsson, who read his poem “Klukkurnar í Nagasaki,” or “The Clocks in Nagasaki,” as well as Sigursteinn Másson, a representative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Iceland and Norway, who delivered a speech. The event was moderated by Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the chairman of Efling labor union.
“These weapons are still today one of the greatest threats to mankind’s existence,” read an announcement from the Coalition for Peace. “And immense amounts of money are being devoted to their continued development. The likeliness of nuclear weapons being employed, either by accident or deliberately, has rarely been higher. The United Nations has drafted an accord, banning nuclear weapons and we urge Icelandic pacifist policy makers to sign and ratify that agreement.”