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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

(Contemporary Korean history) Kwangju May 1980 photographs

Update, Febryary 15, 2006

Now that the Wikipedia entry for Gwangju massacre has a link to this post, I think I should once again direct readers to a Kwangju (Gwangju) rememberance site for more photographs. I give the English translations of and direct links to the picture categories of the site with the number of photographs as given in the site for easier navigation.

The night before (67); the events that preceded the bloodiest events.
To the Provincial Office (160); when the citizens took arms and started clashes with the government troops after very violent suppression of demonstrations.
Liberated Gwangju (115); when the government troops had withdrewn from the city, which was controlled by the citizens and the citizens' guard.
Dawn (116); the final suppression of the revolt on the dawn of May 27 and its aftermath.

Update, June 4, 2005.
I have now uploaded the pictures to my own disk space and linked them as below.

Another huge selection of photographs from Kwangju (Gwangju in the contemporary official spelling) is available at a Kwangju Democracy Movement site.

Update, May 18, 2005.

Unfortunately the site where the pictures below are linked from is down at the moment, so neither these nor the 5.18 Photoclub pics are available. I have downloaded several of those photos, so when time allows, I'll move a selection to my own diskspace and link from there.

(Original entry.)

Thought it might be worth letting the interested know that there's a wide selection of photographs from the Kwangju rebellion/democracy movement/uprising/insurgency/massacre etc (pick your own) to be seen in a Daum portal café "5.18. Photoclub". Many of the photos had been at the possession of the photographers themselves, and as I understand cafe members are free to add their own pictures as well. The operators also gather info on the people and the places in the pics. The photos are divided into four sections in time sequence.
The access to the pictures is unrestricted, and Daum login isn't necessary.

All photographs below are linked from the mentioned "café". (Move your pointer on top of the picture to see a short caption.)

These three were taken during the citizens' army (simin'gun) control of the town.

citizens putting away arms collected by the citizens' army (시민군)  citizen army's guards

'People of Kwangju are alive' and something about Chun Doo-hwan written on the bus

Below, the martial law troops (kyeômgun) have retaken Kwangju: citizens being arrested, and withdrawal of tanks. Doesn't the color in the photos make these events appear much closer to us in time than the black and white ones above?
arresting citizens after May 27 withdrawal of tanks after May 27

People lining at the train station after the connections had been opened again.

May 1980 in Kwangju in one sentence? Huge demonstrations against the military rule (against the news of Kim Dae-jung's arrest, right?), bloody suppression, citizens' takeover of the city and armed resistance, military retake of the city with the total number of deaths varying from 200 to 2000.
Here's a Google search on "Kwangju 1980".

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