"PACE IN BICI", A BIKE TOUR FOR PEACE IN ISTRIA, SLOVENIA AND ITALY (5-9 August 2012)
On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a manifestation for peace in the world without nuclear and other weapons took place in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
"Pace in bici" (Peace on bike), was organized by the NGO "Beati costruttori di Pace" with the coordination of Local Democracy Agency in Verteneglio/Brtonigla (Croatia), and this year for the first time it was extended , from Italy, to the Croatian and Slovenian part of Istria.
The event also promoted a worldwide membership in the Association of Mayors for Peace, coordinated by the Mayor of Hiroshima.
Fifty Italian cyclists of all ages, on bicycles decorated with flags in the colors of the rainbow and with the inscription "Pace" (Peace), left on 05th August 2012 Poreč and headed for Vižinada, Opatija, Grožnjan and Buje, on a part of the Parenzana route. The day after the participants continued their path from Buje, where was held, exactly at 8:15 am, the Commemoration in memory of the victims of Hiroshima.
The Head of the Department of International Cooperation and EU Integration of the Region of Istria and President of ALDA Oriano Otočan, Mayor of City of Buje, Edi Andreašić, president of the NGO "Beati costruttori di Pace", Albino Bizzoto, Marino Vocci and LDA Brtonigla delegate Umberto Ademollo, welcomed cyclists and citizens. The event was attended by peace activist and representative of the Association Mayors for Peace Lisa Clark and mayors of Istrian municipalities Brtonigla, Grožnjan and Oprtalj: Doriano Labinjan, Rino Duniš and Aleksander Krt. From Buje the parade went to Piran, Izola, Koper and Trieste. The last day, Thursday 9th August, the event was closed by a public ceremony in front of the USAF air base in Aviano.
In the pictures: The group of bikers (1) and ALDA President, Oriano Otočan, during his speech (2).