Commemorating The Fight for Freedom: The Gwangju Massacre (May 18th)

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Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Gwangju Massacre (also commonly referred to as the Gwangju Democratization Movement, 광주민주화운동, Gwanju Uprising, 광주민중항쟁 or 518). On May 18, 1980 several thousands of protesters gathered in the city of Gwangju to protest the dictatorial rule of president Chun Doo Hwan. The uprising was violently supressed by the army but paved the way for democratization and was the beginning of a national struggle for freedom and democracy. More than 150 people were killed and over a thousand arrested during the protests.

English articles about this year's commemoration events:

Wall Street Journal: Koreans Remember 1980 Uprising

More information about the Gwangju Uprising:

The May 18 Memorial Foundation



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