Pres. Moon Vows to Restore Democracy by Upholding Gwangju Uprising Spirit

Write : 2017-05-18 13:23:58 Update : 2017-05-18 16:39:05

Pres. Moon Vows to Restore Democracy by Upholding Gwangju Uprising Spirit

Anchor: President Moon Jae-in attended a ceremony on Thursday marking the 37th anniversary of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement. In a speech, the president said that his government will wholly restore democracy by upholding the spirit of the pro-democracy uprising. He also pledged to fulfill his campaign promise to include the spirit of the uprising in the Constitution.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
 
Report: President Moon Jae-in declared on Thursday that his government is on top of the extension of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement.
 
In a speech, he said that the spirit that bloomed in May of 1980 in Gwangju came back to life during last winter’s candlelight vigils across the nation, ushering in an era in which power resides with the people.
 
Moon then vowed to restore the democracy which upholds the history of past democratic movements.
 
[Sound bite: South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Korean)]
“The new government will fully restore democracy on this land by upholding the spirit of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement and candlelight vigils.”
 
To this end, Moon pledged to unveil the truth behind the Gwangju pro-democracy uprising. In particular, he said the government will seek to shed light on the gun firing that took place and on who is responsible for those actions.
 
He also vowed to block attempts at distorting the history of the uprising during which over 200 people were killed or went missing while calling for democracy.
 
Moon also promised to keep his campaign pledge to include the spirit of the uprising in the preamble of the Constitution.
 
[Sound bite: South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Korean)]
“I will usher in an era of a true democratic republic that upholds the Gwangju spirit in the Constitution. After all these years, the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement will become a proud history that the people remember and learn from.”
 
Moon then expressed hope to end the debate over the protest song "Marching for the Beloved,” saying that singing the song in unison is a way of reviving the Gwangju spirit. The song had been sung by a choir for the past nine years.
 
As he asked for the truth of the uprising to be told, Moon called out, one by one, the names of the people who lost their lives in the uprising.
 
In ending his speech, Moon said he declares before the souls of the uprising victims that his government will be one that upholds the will of the people. He then urged Gwangju to spearhead efforts in achieving righteous national unity.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.

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