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The slogan 'For a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific', relates to the period of French nuclear testing in the Pacific. A total of 193 nuclear tests were carried out on the islands of Moruroa and Fangataufa during the period between 1966 and 1996. This programme was met with protest from various activists, whose main concerns were the large environmental damages such as dead fish and reef damage as well as the radioactive contamination across the area. The islands were also the site of many protests in the form of ship being sent there, the most famous one being the Rainbow Warrior, owned by Greenpeace.

New Zealand has been particularly vocal in protesting the French use of the region for nuclear testing and badges with this design were originally produced in New Zealand. From 1975 onwards, protest movements were organised around an the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Group. In Australia and New Zealand, the campaign used badges such as this one alongside ones with the slogan 'Stop French Testing' and the badge of an island with a palm tree and a nuclear warhead, which also feature in the Museum Victoria collection.

This is a variation of a badge with an identical design bearing the message 'For a Nuclear Free Pacific.' Here, the mention of independence is related to the fact that these islands are an overseas collectivity of the French Republic, and they were taken advantage of by the government.

Physical Description

Large badge, background half pale blue and half yellow. Upper has yellow sun and palm tree with yellow printed text. Lower has blue wave with blue printed text. Pin on the back.

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