Facing Down the Bomb – a protest at Mururoa 1973

In 1973, at just 19 years of age, Anna Horne sailed with three others to Mururoa to oppose nuclear testing by France. But rather than witnessing a bomb being detonated, she watched the skipper being beaten and detained by French commandos. Anna observed the events through the lens of a camera and the pictures she took were smuggled out to the world, causing international outrage. Anna’s experience became part of the case that New Zealand and Australia took to the International Court of Justice challenging the legality of the French testing programme. On 27 January 1996, 23 years since the Vega’s protest, the last nuclear test explosion by France was conducted at the Mururoa and Fangataufa Atoll test site. It’s believed at least 175 explosions took place in all, over 40 of them atmospheric.

Facing Down the Bomb – a protest at Mururoa 1973
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