On March 27, over 100 people were killed in Myanmar following protests against the military coup that overthrew the country’s elected government.
In response to the senseless murders, civic groups in South Korea held a memorial and organized marches throughout the country to remember the lives of the victims.
The location of the memorial’s altar was chosen because of its proximity to the old Jeonnam Provincial Office, which was an important site during the Gwangju Uprising of 1980.
Similar to the protests in Myanmar, the Gwangju Uprising was integral in South Korea’s fight for democracy and revolt against the country’s military dictatorship.
The small marches held in South Korea symbolized their solidarity with the Burmese who have been staging protests nearly everyday since the coup began in February.
The rainy weather that day did not hinder their resolve to push through with the memorial and marches. Donning rain jackets and handwritten signs, they gathered together to commemorate the victims.
In Myanmar, more than 400 people have been killed in protests since the military takeover began.