25th Anniversary Commemoration of the June 10th Democratic Uprising

Diverse events were held in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the June 10th Democratic Uprising. The Minister of Public Administration and Security Maeng Hyung Kyu, the ruling and the opposition political party representatives, democracy movement figures and citizens participated in the commemoration ceremony held at the Baekbeom Memorial Hall on June 10th. The ceremony opened with the report on the proceedings and President Lee Myung-bak’s commemoration address. This was followed by the Address to the People (by the president of KDF), a commemorative concert and a chorus performance. Later, the “Memorial Service for the Victims of State Violence” was held at the old site of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) in Namsan where state violence had been perpetrated against many who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for democracy. To comfort their souls, religious ceremonies, including Catholic, Christian, Buddhist and Won Buddhist, were performed.

Also on the same day, the “June Democracy Citizen Hanmadang” event for participation and enjoyment by the public was held in Seoul Plaza and along Deoksugung Doldamgil from 11 to 9. The Citizen Hanmadang comprised a healing madang for advising on everyday medicine and trauma healing, a marketplace madang for selling organic farm produce and charity fundraising merchandises, a history madang for showing an exhibit and selling books related to contemporary history, a culture madang for performances by migrant workers’ groups and minjung culture and art groups, a memorial madang for paying tribute to all who have sacrificed themselves in the struggle to achieve democracy, and lastly, a participation madang for a concert of the songs which had been banned during the dictatorships of the 1970~80s and a performance by a chorus of 610 singers. 

And outside Seoul, in 14 regions nationwide, ceremonies, cultural events, forums and various other events open to citizen participation and enjoyment were held in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the June 10th Democratic Uprising.