South Korea the Tide Keeps Rising

A resurgent opposition defies an authoritarian regime

In a rural cemetery outside the southern city of Kwangju, a chilly drizzle fell on the 100 identical gray tombstones. As a pair of women sobbed quietly, Kim Young Sam and Lee Min Woo, two of South Korea's foremost opposition leaders, entered the cemetery and solemnly laid a wreath beside the graves. The women's keening rose in a crescendo. For a moment, the visitors stood together in silence, recalling the hundreds killed by government troops in Kwangju after a student uprising six years ago.

Then, having paid tribute to the dead, the politicians went into town to assert the continued resurrection...

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