It was by far, the largest audience ever at the annual commemorative event.
More than ten thousand people, including ruling and opposition party lawmakers, government officials and members of the public have come together to commemorate a fight for democracy ignited by local citizens on May 18, 1980.
And sympathizing with the bereaved families of those who lost their lives more than three decades ago,…President Moon Jae-in gave one of his first public addresses.
"There are still those in our society who try to distort the truth; the truth of what happened in Gwangju in May 1980. It cannot be condoned. It is a distortion of history and denial of democracy.
We must take pride in the history of our democracy as it was only made possible by the sacrifices of many."
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President Moon said his administration will launch an investigation to get to the bottom of a number of issues regarding the events back then, including finding out who was such as finding out who was responsible for giving an order to fire at unarmed civilians.
He said unveiling the truth is a matter of "common sense and justice," and not a disccordance between liberals and the conservatives.
President Moon also brushed upon the idea of a constitutional revision, something he had been pledging during his campaign trail.
"The May 18th pro-democracy movement will be remembered and taught by the Korean people as a proud history. I respectfully ask for the Korean people's consent and the parliament's cooperation in completing the constitutional amendment with the spirit of this movement enshrined in our Constitution."
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The constitutional revision had long been on President Moon's agenda.
Moon has been advocating for a version that includes a two-term presidential system, which enables the president to be re-elected for a second 4-year term.
"Now, with the president scheduled to have his first official meeting with the leaderships of major political parties on Friday, all eyes are on whether he would open the doors to discussing the revisions of the country's Constitution.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News."