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Spirit of Kwangju Uprising Still Alive in S. Korea
Pyongyang, May 18 (KCNA) -- Thirty years has elapsed since a heroic popular uprising took place in Kwangju, south Korea.

Students and citizens of Kwangju rose up in an uprising for social independence and democracy and the country's reunification on May 18, Juche 69 (1980) after traitor Chun Doo Hwan declared "emergency martial law" in the whole land of south Korea to prop up the fascist dictatorship.

Chanting such slogans as "Lift the emergency martial law!", "Abolish the fascist system!" and "Yankees, go home!", they, armed with weapons they captured from troops, bravely fought against them to control the city for some ten days.

The uprising was brutally cracked down by the fascist clique manipulated by the U.S. imperialists, but the resistance spirit of the insurgents is still alive in south Korea.

Their wish has not yet been realized due to outsiders' domination over and interference in south Korea and the anti-national policies of the present south Korean rulers.

Some time ago the United States staged large-scale nuclear war exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, with the south Korean puppets to drive the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.

The south Korean conservative authorities have totally denied the June 15 joint declaration and October 4 declaration between the north and the south of Korea since they came to power. They have deteriorated the inter-Korean ties, blocked even civilian visits and cooperation and intensified the anti-north campaign and confrontation, aggravating the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The fact gives a serious lesson that neither the independence and democracy of south Korean society nor the unity and reunification of the Korean nation can be achieved without driving the U.S. imperialists out of south Korea and thwarting the anti-reunification moves of the south Korean puppet regime.

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