[Marxism] South Korean dictator's 1980 Gwangju massacre with US knowledge

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon May 21 18:40:43 MDT 2018

Two important facts are confirmed by these recently-declassified records:

·        Chun Doo-hwan was directly responsible for planning and ordering
the massacre of civilian protesters in Gwangju;

·        The U.S. had full knowledge of Chun’s plan to use the military to
suppress the Gwangju democracy movement yet did nothing to prevent the
massacre. The U.S., which had operational control over South Korean forces,
gave tacit approval for Chun’s plan to deploy heavily-armed troops to crack
down on civilian dissent.

Artificial division of the Korean peninsula has been at the root of decades
of authoritarianism that sparked the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, as well as the 1948
Jeju Uprising
<http://www.zoominkorea.org/remembering-the-april-3-jeju-uprising/> and
other mass resistance movements in South Korea’s history. Division
prolonged by U.S. military occupation has had a long-lasting and traumatic
effect on the Korean people. As North and South Korea prepare to resume
inter-Korean cooperation after the historic Panmunjom summit, a critical
part of reconciliation and unification should be an examination of the
multitudinous ways in which division has impacted the lives of the Korean
people, and perhaps more importantly, honoring the struggles of those who
stood up to the forces behind Korea’s division.


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