Sunday, May 15, 2011

Call of Gwangju

Call of Gwangju

The Gwangju People's Uprising erupted on May 18 1980 in Gwangju was a righteous anti-US, anti-fascist uprising against the fascist rule of the US imperialists and the south Korean military junta and for national sovereignty, democracy of the south Korean society and the country’s reunification.

It was a mass armed uprising resolutely fighting against the merciless military suppression of the dictatorial regime.

The patriotic youth, students and citizens of Gwangju armed themselves by taking weapons away from the martial law army and launched a bloody revolt and at last they drove the martial law troops out of the city turning Gwangju to a completely liberated zone.

The flames of the uprising with a million people of different circles participated in total spread rapidly to the wide areas of South and North Jeolla Provinces.

The Gwangju Uprising dealt a telling blow to the decades-long military fascist dictatorship in south Korea and rocked the colonial rule of the US to its foundation.

Extremely frightened by the uprising the US imperialists gave the military fascists of south Korea the orders to kill.

Memorial service held at
the Mangweol-dong Cemetery, Gwangju (2009)

Thus, more than 5,000 people were killed and over 14,000 were injured in a few days and the whole city was stained with blood and wails and cry of resentment burst out here and there.

The truth of the atrocities of Gwangju, a tragic massacre unprecedented in history, can neither be covered up nor be forgotten in the memory of the south Korean people no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.

Though many years have passed, the desire of the uprisers has not yet been realized and the uprising has not ended.

Commemoration event on the 30th anniversary
of the Gwangju People's Uprising (2010)

Even today Gwangju still calls.

All the national misfortune and pains the south Korean people are undergoing till today are originated from the US occupation of south Korea.

It is none other than the US imperialists that perpetrated the bloody massacre in Gwangju 31 years ago.

The south Korean people from all walks of life will further intensify the anti-US struggle for independence to drive the US aggression troops out south Korea.

They will also struggle in firm unity to mete out a fatal blow to the present authorities, a villainous group of traitors to the nation, inheriting the spirit of the Gwangju uprisers who heroically fought undaunted by injustice and dictatorship, without fear of death.