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The Truth about October Buma Uprising and Historical Reflection: Comparative Analysis of the Busan Uprising and Masan Uprising

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2018, 2(1), pp.5-44
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2018.2.1.001
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : February 15, 2018
  • Accepted : March 8, 2018
  • Published : March 31, 2018

Chung, Joo-Shin 1

1한국정치사회연구소

ABSTRACT

The Buma Uprising, which took place in Busan and Masan from 16 to 20 October 1979, was a challenge against the contradictions of the Yushin Regime. Only after 6 days from the insurrection, the 10·26 Accident transpired, in which the then president Park Chung-hee was assassinated, and the Buma Uprising, which acted as the fuse to the shooting, remained as an ‘incomplete uprising’. To commensurate with the subject of the paper ‘The Truth about Buma Uprising and Historical Reflection’, the purpose of this study is to explore how the uprising began, unfolded, and oppressed by comparing it with Busan Uprising and Masan Uprising. It also focuses to discuss, in detail, the effect of the demonstration by college students and the general public and suppression by the forces of the police and military on President Park and his government. This year, we celebrate the 39th anniversary of Buma Uprising, and with all the issues of discovering the truth, restoration of reputation and more, there are decisions and resolves to make including amendment of the legal system. However, there are certain groups of people who act as they led the uprising and mislead and exploit the facts of the events through illegitimate records and testimony, making it impossible to determine the truth. Discovering the truth will require acquisition of objective materials, testimony of those involved in the event and field research as well as imposition of legal and social punishment on those who distorted the truth about the event.

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