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The Gwangju Snub

18 May

It’s fitting that ROK president, Lee Myung-bak, should tell Myanmar’s dissident leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, that “‘…democracy should never be sacrificed for economic development…Democracy is as important as the economy, and she completely agreed.'” Because, then, no one wonders why he would attend a ceremony at Naypyitaw lamenting the attempted assassination of a dictator by the North Koreans on October 9, 1983, and shirk the anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising on May 18, 1980.

At a ceremony attended by 2,500 people, Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said, “We need to inherit the spirit of the May 18th uprising and establish higher level of democracy through communication and compromise instead of conflicts and opposition.”

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