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Human Rights Documentary Heritage 1980 Archives for the May 18th Democratic Uprising against Military Regime, in Gwangju, Republic of Korea

Documentary heritage submitted by Republic of Korea and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© Gwangju Il Bo
Professors, students and citizens are rallying in front of Municipal Square demanding for lifting the Emergency Decree and Democracy.

The May 18th Democratic Uprising not only played a pivotal role in the democratization of South Korea but also affected other countries in East Asia by dissolving the Cold War structure and achieving democracy. After the 1980s, various democratic movements took place in the Philippines, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and elsewhere in an attempt to follow in Korea's footsteps. The documentary items related to the Uprising, which took place in Gwangju, Korea between 18 and 27 May 1980, take the form of documents, photos, images, etc. relating to the citizens' rebellion, punishment of the perpetrators, and compensation.

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