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Remembering the Kwangju Commune: Twenty Years Later
24 Nov 2000
A talk and video presentation by George Katsiaficas (editor of New Political Science, and author of "The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life"), sponsored by the Sabate Anarchist Collective and Lucy Parsons Center
Remembering the Kwangju Commune: Twenty Years Later

A talk and video presentation by George Katsiaficas (editor of New Political Science, and author of "The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life")

Thursday, December 7th, 7pm
at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave., Boston
(617) 267-6272

"Kwangju has a meaning in Korean history that can only be compared to that of the Paris Commune in French history, and of the battleship Potemkin in Russian history. Like the Paris Commune, the people of Kwangju spontaneously rose up and governed themselves until they were brutally suppressed by indigenous military forces abetted by an outside power. And like the battleship Potemkin, the people of Kwangju have repeatedly signaled the advent of revolution in Korea-in recent times from the 1894 Tonghak rebellion and the 1929 student revolt to the 1980 uprising. The 1980 people's uprising, like these earlier symbols of
revolution, has already had worldwide repercussions. As a symbol of struggle, Kwangju has inspired others to act. As an example of ordinary people taking power into their own hands, it was (and is) a precursor of events to follow.

The example set by the people of Kwangju in their spontaneous capacity for self-government and the organic solidarity of the population may well be their most important legacy. Alongside these indications of the
unrealized potential of human beings today, there were concrete gains-the overthrow of the military dictatorship and the inspiration of other democratic movements-and specific lessons taught through the blood and sacrifices of so many-the need for strategic organization and the
centrality of working people to fundamental change. Today, twenty years later, the uprising continues to provide all of us with a palpable feeling for the dignity of human beings and the necessity of intensifying the struggle for liberation."

Sponsored by the Sabate Anarchist Collective and Lucy Parsons Center
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Kwangju Commune
28 Nov 2000
George wrote an incredible article on the commune in a recent issue of Socialism and Democracy. If that is any guide, this presentation should be incredible.
Kwangju Commune
28 Nov 2000
George wrote an incredible article on the commune in a recent issue of Socialism and Democracy. If that is any guide, this presentation should be incredible.