“We Were The World.” Canadian MDs felt global bond in crowd gathered to protest U.S.S.R. weapon test

August 23, 2018

“Olzhas! Olzhas!” the crowd roared whenever their hero took the stage. A year ago, Olzhas Suleimenov, a 50-year-old poet, founded a protest movement in Kazakhstan to stop the Soviets from testing their nuclear weapons in the Kazakh Desert.

Now his admiring countrymen carry him on their shoulders as they march, and they name their infant sons after him. They elected him to the Congress of Peoples’ Deputies in Moscow. Suleimenov named the protest movement “Nevada-Semipalatinsk” to link the people in both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. who have suffered the effects of nuclear testing.

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