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President Park Attends 518 Ceremony

18 May

gwangjubeatingProps to the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, for attending an official ceremony at the Gwangju National Cemetery commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising. Park’s conservative predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, never could bring himself to do so. The May 18 Uprising occurred during the tenure of her father’s successor, Chun Doo-hwan, and also involved another future president, Roh Tae-woo. Between 144 and 165 civilians – depending on conflicting accounts – lost their lives when South Korean troops committed a government-launched massacre in response to the demonstrations on May 18, 1980.

Conservatives still haven’t recanted, and conspiracy theories have taken hold on the far right.

Still, there was some churlishness displayed all around.

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