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The 43rd Anniversary Events of the May 18 Democratic Uprising
Date : 2023-05-09     Hit : 258




The 43rd Anniversary Events of the May 18 Democratic Uprising 

 

 

"Honor the Spirit of May 18 as Justice for Today!"

 

The May 18 Gwangju Democratic Movement taught us fundamental values that have never faded over time. Now is the time again that the spirits of May 18 defying injustice at the perils of death should be honored and commenorated. The May 18 Democatic Movement proved peoples power of healing and recovery and, as such, the generations of the past, present, and future will come together on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the Movement to finalize the critical tasks of finding the truth and brining justice to those responsible and to gather power and wisdom for overcoming the current crises. We would like to ask for your ardent interest, participation, and support. 

 

 

"We Lead the Way. Those Alive, Come with Us!"

 

-Excerpts from the statement launching the organizing committee for the 43rd anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Movement-

 

 

Commemorations of the 43rd Anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Movement honor the spirit of May 18 as justice for today!

 

Various events will straddle across Gwangju to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Movement under the slogan of "Honor the Spirit of May 18 as Justice for Today!" What is meant by the slogan is to inherit the defiance and community spirits of the Gwangju citizens who feared no death in their desperate quest for democracy. It also means pursuing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula and pulling forward democracy, fairness, and justice in our society. These events aim to find the truth about the Democratic Movement, inherit the protestors spirits, and promote the quest for peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the armistice agreement. THey are also designed to overcome the crises of democracy, livelihood, wars, and climate change with the community spirit of May 18 and express support for the descendants of the May 18 Democratic Movement. 

 

A public rally will kick off on Geumnam-ro, Gwangju on May 13, followed by vatious sector events such as rallies by workers, university students, etc. There will also be sessions to voice opinions on pending issues in solidarity. 

 

On the eve of May 18, a main play will be put on the stage involving citizens, titled "We are the justice till the death" to depict the Gwangju citizens spirits of unity and community that flamed under social unrest in an aristic realm. In the history learning program, docents will be stationed at historic sites such as the former Jeonnam Provincial Office and Geumnam-ro and at the graves of the martyrs for democracy and explain the history of the May 18 Democractic Movement and the contemporary interpretation of its spirits to visitors from across the country. Furthermore, diverse events will be unfolded through May, including public festivals, performances with traditional Korean instruments, womens festivals, and the May Action program. 

 

The May 18 Foundation provides commentaries on the history of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Movement around Geumnam-ro and guides and educational materials to visitors to related sites. It also plans to operate an information center with experience programs, etc., and proactively promote the spirits of the May 18 Movement throught the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2023, the Gwangju Democracy Forum 2023, and the May Literary Award 2023 this year.

 

For more information on these events and schedules, please visit the homepage of the organizing committee (https://www.518people.org/)

 


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