from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southwest South Korea south-southeast of Seoul. It is an agricultural market and a commercial center. Population: 1,420,000.

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  • n. city in southwestern South Korea; an important military base during the Korean War


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  • Following the coup, in May 1980, protest and civil unrest in the southern city of Kwangju plunged the country into near anarchy.

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  • President Jimmy Carter, upon the advice of the U.S. State Department and the CIA, and fearing North Korea might take advantage of the instability, authorized U. S.-led South Korean troops to put down the Kwangju “uprising,” resulting in the deaths of hundreds of protesters.

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  • Six months after Brewster rendered his advice, Kwangju erupted.

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  • Most South Koreans remember Zbigniew Brzezinski and Richard Holbrooke not in their present incarnations, but as Carter White House players who in 1980 green-lighted South Korean forces to crush a popular uprising in Kwangju, a city in the southern part of the peninsula.

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  • Despite nominal command over the South Korean army, U.S. officials stood idly by through two South Korean military coups and years of authoritarian rule, culminating in the 1980 killing of pro-democracy protestors in Kwangju; until 1987, the country had enjoyed only two years of democracy since 1948.

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  • Battling attacking Japanese aircraft all the way, the invasion fleet had sailed from Port Arthur in April 1949, paused at Kwangju to take on board three divisions of Red Army troops, then steamed across the Korea Strait to land at the southwestern tip of Honshu.

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  • The US generally hasn't stood in the way of these changes, but neither has it been particularly instrumental in futhering them -- as late as 1980, the US government, under the Carter administration, stood firmly on the side of dictatorship and repression in the Kwangju massacre.

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  • This was followed by riots in the city of Kwangju, an uprising that was brutally suppressed with some 200 people, maybe more, were killed.

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  • Many South Koreans believe the worst atrocity committed in 32 years of military rule was the Kwangju massacre, when government troops wantonly killed at least 200 protesters (the exact number is still a matter of debate).

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  • He concedes, however, that the emotional Kwangju issue was "" too big to be repressed. ''

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