The Gwangju Uprising of 1980 also referred to as the “May 18 Democratization Movement was the cornerstone [of the Korean movement] towards democratization and has been considered to be the milestone of Korean democracy.” The struggles of the Gwangju Uprising prompted the pro-democratic forces to extend the fight nationwide. Seven years later, in the June 1987, another uprising finally defeated the dictatorship and restored democracy.
The work towards transitional justice and reconciliation after the Gwangju Uprising started thirty-nine years ago and still continues at present. The truth on what happened during the uprising has remained elusive despite government investigations. Read more on Focus.