A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP
A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP

South Korea

Gwangju massacre: scars still raw 40 years after dictator crushed South Korea pro-democracy uprising

  • Massacre of pro-democracy activists in 1980 remains a traumatic landmark in nation’s modern history
  • Crackdown left around 160 people dead and over 70 missing and cemented General Chun Doo-hwan’s grip on power

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A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP
A soldier beats a man during pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. File photo: AFP
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