Nation Honors Gwangju Democratic Uprising

  • Arirang News

    May 19, 2010 11:13

    People across the country on Tuesday commemorated the 30th anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.

    Prime Minister Chung Un-chan and other government officials attended an event at the May 18 National Cemetery in Gwangju to honor the over 200,000 citizens who protested against the repressive military regime of General Chun Doo-hwan.

    President Lee Myung-bak did not attend the ceremony, but through a speech read by the Prime Minister on his behalf he said, "Democracy today is gained by the blood and sweat of the democracy fighters."

    The movement left over 150 people dead, 70 missing and more than 3,000 wounded, but the exact number of deaths is still unknown and believed by many to be much higher.

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