To mark the 41st anniversary of the May 18 pro-democracy movement, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum attended a commemorative event in Gwangju on Tuesday. He said during these times of difficulty, people must come together under the drive that was there during the pro-democracy movement.
"The spirit of May in Gwangju, where citizens trusted and relied on each other in desperately dangerous situations, is what South Korea, facing the COVID-19 crisis, is in desperate need of.
He also urged the people involved and witnesses to the pro-democracy movement to contribute in revealing the truth.
For several days from May 18th, 1980, hundreds of civilians in the city were killed, while thousands were wounded in a crackdown by the authoritarian government.
Despite some soldiers apologizing and telling the truth about what happened in Gwangju, the Prime Minister said there is a lot more to be uncovered such as the helicopter shootings.
"I promise to the bereaved families and Gwangju citizens, South Korea will never give up until the truth about "May Gwangju" is fully revealed."
Taking to social media on Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in said May will be the month that uncovers the truth and restores the honor of the victims.
The president recalled how taxi drivers transported the injured to hospital and civilians lined up to donate blood.
President Moon also said the situation in Myanmar reminds him of how the citizens of Gwangju laid the groundwork for democracy in South Korea and how he wishes the same for Myanmar.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.