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Announcement :: International
25th Anniversary of Historic Gwangju People's Uprising
10 May 2005
25th Anniversary of Historic Gwangju People's Uprising

North American Speaking Tour of Korean Activists
25th Anniversary of Historic Gwangju People's Uprising
North American Speaking Tour of Korean Activists

Friday, May 13, 2005
6:30 P.M.
284 Amory St. (The Brewery), Jamaica Plain Near Stony Brook T stop on the Orange Line

Korean snacks and other refreshments will be available.
$5 suggested donation.

for info: 617-522-6626 or iacboston (at)

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Gwangju People's Uprising, a pivotal moment in the movement for Korean democracy and human rights. On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, a city in the south-west of the Korean peninsula, organized spontaneous resistance to liberate their city from the military dictatorship of General Chun Doo Hwan. The people, organized by citizen's councils, held the city for 5 days before elite south Korean troops under U.S. command were deployed from the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) to brutally crush the uprising. More than 2,000 women, men and children were killed, thousands injured, tortured and imprisoned. Their martyrdom and the struggle for democracy, self-determination and re-unification that followed sparked a fundamental transformation of south Korean society that continues to reverberate to this day. Now a national holiday, the Gwangju People's Uprising is revered as a source of inspiration for activists around the world and as a point of unity for the Korean people.

Two activists from Gwangju, Kim, Hyo-Suk and Lee, Shin, will be speaking at the meeting on May 13 in Boston. They will discuss the legacy of the Gwangju People's Uprising and the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula, as well as their current involvement in the anti-war movement against the U.S. military occupation of Iraq and

Mr. Kim participated in the 1980 Gwangju People's Uprising as a high school student and became a political prisoner. He teaches at Song Won College and is co-director of the Korea Truth Commission (Gwangju), president of May Light, an organization established in
1998 to promote human rights and peace. He is also a representative of the Life and Human Rights Division of Buddhist Action Solidarity.

Mr. Lee is a former student activist, graduate student at Chonnam University and an advisor to May Light. Mr. Lee is also director of policy for the Reunification Alliance in Gwangju-Chonnam and of the Investigation for the Korea Truth Commission.

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