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Gwangju uprising

Direct Action #51 (September 1988)

Issue #51 of Direct Action, with articles on the Stalinist leadership of the ANC and COSATU, racist attacks, workfare-type schemes, the possibility of a split ahead of the TUC congress, a strike at Yardley in Basildon, post office news, revolt in South Korea ahead of the Olympics, housing and a proposed housing bill, anarcho-syndicalist strategy and class, establishment hypocrisy on Ireland, a letter criticising DA's coverage of that subject, religious education, an article from the Australian ASF about the colonisation of Australia, and more.

The May 18 Gwangju democratic uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Gwangju

A detailed account of the May 18 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, against the dictatorship's declaration of martial law and for workers' rights in 1980.

The Gwangju uprising, 1980

The history of the week-long uprising of the South Korean town of Kwangju against the regime of the West-backed dictator General Chun Doo-Hwan. Though it was bloodily suppressed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia, winning people many democratic rights.