President Moon Jae-in paid his respects today at the April 19th National Cemetery to mark the anniversary of the 1960 pro-democracy movement that brought down the corrupt government in power at the time.
After going to the memorial in northern Seoul this morning, President Moon, on social media, called the April 19th revolution the root of South Korea's democracy and said the country must strive to become a more mature democracy.
On April 19th, 1960, thousands of demonstrators, mostly students, took to the streets,… to oppose the government of then-president Rhee Syngman, which had rigged an election the month before.
The authorities killed more than 180 civilians and injured thousands more.
This led to the toppling of that government, which had ruled for 12 years.