South Korea is commemorating the 41st anniversary of the pro-democracy movement in Gwangju.
For several days from May 18th, 1980, hundreds of civilians in the southwestern city were killed, while thousands of others were wounded in protests against the then-authoritarian government.
Taking to social media Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in said May will be the month that uncovers the truth and recovers the honor of the victims.
The president recalled how taxi drivers transported the injured to hospital and civilians lined up to donate blood.
He said that desire for democracy is the same as the will the nation is showing in the fight against COVID-19.
President Moon said the situation in Myanmar reminds him of how South Korea laid the groundwork for democracy and how he wishes the same for Myanmar.
In Gwangju, a commemorative event is being held, attended by the new Prime Minister, Kim Boo-kyum.