HUMAN BRUTALITY AND DIGNITY
: TO COMMEMORATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE KWANGJU UPRISING ON MAY 18TH, 1980
The Kwangju Uprising was a mass protest against the South Korean military government that took place in the southern city of Kwangju, also spelled Gwangju, between May 18 and 27, 1980. The large-scale civil uprising was brutally repressed by Army General Chun Doo-hwan’s military junta. Although it was initially unsuccessful in bringing about democratic reform in South Korea, it is considered to have been a pivotal moment in the South Korean struggle for democracy.
Image: Sin, P. (2007). Owŏl, minjujuŭi ŭi sŭngni = May, the triumph of democracy . Kwangju Kwangyŏksi: 5.18 Kinyŏm Chaedan.