Yun vows to support the value of South Korea’s democratic freedom on Constitution Memorial Day


The South Korean president recalls the 1980 democratic uprising in Gwangju, where hundreds of civilians were killed by the military government on Sunday, and his government supports the constitutional value of freedom to democracy. Said to work for.

President Yoon Seok-yul visited the southwestern part of the Gwangju Uprising last year, looking back on the spirit of the democratic movement and speaking on Constitution Memorial Day.

“The universal value of freedom and democracy restored by the spirit of the Gwangju Uprising is equal to the spirit of the Constitution,” Yun wrote. Facebook post..

Yun said the uprising emphasized the importance of preserving South Korea’s constitutional values ​​of liberal democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to achieve national prosperity and development.

“We keep the spirit of the Constitution with great people,” he said.

Gwangju was the center of South Korea’s rebellion against martial law imposed after a military coup led by the late military dictator Chun Doo-hwan in 1979. Hundreds of people were killed and gone missing as a result of the movement.

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Former President Chun Doo-hwan was arrested by prosecutors on December 3, 1995 at the home of a relative in Hapcheon, about 200 miles south of Seoul. Suspected of leading a 1979 military coup. (Kim Jae Hwan / AFP / Getty Images)

Chung was sentenced to death in 1996 for corruption and treason, but was commuted to life imprisonment and later commute to work. He died of blood cancer last year at the age of 90.

Many details remain unconfirmed, including who ordered the troops to fire at the protesters years after the slaughter. Many victims remain unidentified.

Yun’s inauguration

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South Korean President Yun Suk-yul will speak at the hotel’s inauguration dinner on May 10, 2022, after the inauguration ceremony at the New Presidential Office in Seoul, South Korea. (Pool via Jung Hong Kyun / Getty Images)

Yun became president of South Korea on May 10. The conservative leaders of the People Power Party campaigned on a platform to combat corruption and create a more equal economic competition.

He said a preemptive strike could be needed if North Korea showed signs of an imminent attack, and a stronger US security effort to thwart North Korea’s nuclear threat. I promised to seek out. Yun also vowed to strengthen South Korea’s deterrence.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.