(18.5.2015) Manche bezeichnen den Aufstand von Gwangju rückblickend als ein Wunder der Zeitgeschichte, weil innerhalb weniger Tage ein Sitzstreik aus 600 Studenten auf über 200.000 Demonstranten anwuchs, quer durch alle Bevölkerungsschichten. In die Schulbücher ging er als entscheidender Wendepunkt der koreanischen Demokratiebewegung ein.
Chun, 87, was sued for allegedly defaming Gwangju citizens with his memoir published last year in which he claimed that North Korean troops were involved in the uprising, that he was not involved in the crackdown, and that the movement was quelled without the use of violence, including firing from helicopters.
Chun insisted in the book that the witnesses who say they saw helicopters shooting protesters have faked the photos capturing the scenes, calling a late pastor who had testified about the choppers firing „Satan wearing a mask.“
The brutal killings of participants in the Kwangju Popular Uprising with swords by the Chun Doo Hwan military fascist clique were ascertained by a military document on May 17, according to Yonhap News of south Korea.