Suu Kyi lauds democratic transition of South Korea
By Shin Hyon-hee, The Korea Herald/ANN
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
SEOUL -- Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday praised South Korea's journey to democracy during her visit to a national cemetery for victims of the 1980 massacre in Gwangju. Suu Kyi placed a wreath at the May 18th National Cemetery.
The southwestern city is home to a student-led armed uprising on May 18, 1980, against the junta led by Army coup leader Chun Doo-hwan, who later became president. The military's clampdown led to hundreds of deaths.
The Nobel laureate was quoted as telling Mayor Kang Un-tae that she was impressed by Gwangju's "desire for freedom and human rights."