The city of Hiroshima, Japan, experienced a wave of protests and demonstrations from various activist groups and concerned citizens as world leaders gathered there for the annual G7 summit.

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The protest ignited with the arrival of world leaders, as Kisinda and US President Joe Biden met on Thursday in the western Japanese city. The historic city became a focal point for those promoting peace, nuclear disarmament, and environmental sustainability despite its tragic past as the location of the atomic bomb attack during World War II. The protests sought to raise their voices and demand significant action from the G7 countries.

On Wednesday and Thursday, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, which will be closed until next Monday due to the arrival of the G7 leaders. The authorities have also deployed a huge number of police officers who looks to outnumber the protestors and can tackle any mishap that happens.

This year the G7 Summit is being held in Hiroshima from May 19 to 21. It expects to focus on the Ukraine-Russia conflict, economic security, and developments in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Many netizens have supported the protest virtually, as social media has been flooded with videos of rallies where it can be seen, hundreds of protestors hurled slogans, and held placards saying, “No to nuclear war!” and “Against the Hiroshima Summit!”.

Several protesters emphasized their actions in supporting nuclear disarmament. Citizens and activists, including pacifists and anti-nuclear activists, raised their voices to call for a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons. The G7 leaders were intended to be reminded of the catastrophic effects of nuclear war and urged to work towards complete disarmament through their rallies.