The World Peace March a delegation of Buddhist monks and nuns supporting disatmament, arrived in Cambridge yesterday to show support for the city's recent efforts to ward nuclear disarmament.
Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci greeted the nearly 30 marchers in his City Hall office yesterday morning, saying that Cambridge supports their movement and that the city will continue to oppose nuclear proliteration.
"The City Council has taken a stand on nuclear disarmament, and this was an attempt, to shown solidarity with their cause." City Councilor David A Wylie said yesterday of the marchers meeting with Vellucci.
Two of the World Peace March's five divisions made the detour to Cambridge in their walks from Montreal and bangor, Maine, to New York for the June 12 United Nations Special Session on Disarmament.
The march began a year ago in Tokyo after a World Assembly of Religious Workers for General and Nuclear Disarmament Groups of marchers, including the Buddhists and their American supporters, are walking to New York from California and Lousiana, as well as Canada and Maine.
Wylie attributed the group's special interest in Cambridge to the initiative the city has shown in the anti-nuclear movement
He explained that Cambridge was the first city in the nation to reject civil defense evacuation plans proposed last year and that the council had passed a resolution favoring a nuclear weapons freeze. He also noted that the council had sent a telegram to President Reagan expressing concern over nuclear proliferation and support for disarmament.
Wylie added that the Council had also passed a resolution to "adopt" a sister city in Russia by having Cambridge citizens write letters to their counterparts in the Soviet Union. The Council hopes that other U.S. cities will follow Cambridge's lead, Wylie said.
"We hope that people-to-people contact will cut through the militarism of the two countries," Wylie said.
Robert B. Sorscher '83, coordinator of the Harvard Radcliffe Students for Social Responsibility, said yesterday that Cambridge has traditionally had a rapport with Japanese anti-nuclear groups have previously visited the city.
"The city of Cambridge is spearheading what I consider to be anti-nuclear movement in this country," Sorscher said, adding that Harvard's anti-nuclear groups were unaware of the Peace March's arrival