Moon gives commemorative address at 39th anniversary of Gwangju Democratization Movement

Offers mixture of apology and condemnation of disparaging comments

“I am so sorry to the people of Gwangju.”

A full 19 seconds of silence followed.

“I felt terribly ashamed, and I wanted to reach out to the public.”

With some difficulty, he began speaking again, but his throat was choked, his eyes quivering. So too did the eyes of people in the crowd that packed the ceremony site. Some took out handkerchiefs to dab away the tears.

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