Yoon Seok-yeol, the presidential candidate for People’s Strength, visited Gwangju on the 6th and appealed, “Please help us achieve the politics of unification in Honam.” The previous day, after commemorating the victims of the 4·3 in Jeju, and emphasizing the spirit of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun by visiting Gangjeong Village, they started an integrated move.
Candidate Yoon attended the Gwangju Election Countermeasures Committee’s victory resolution meeting held at the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Seo-gu, Gwangju on the same day and said, “Gwangju and Honam played a pioneering role in illuminating the path of the times at every turning point in history.” If you do, we can create a new and dynamic Korea. Please help us achieve the political revolution of the Republic of Korea here in Gwangju and here in Honam.”
Candidate Yoon, who visited Gwangju on this day following Jeju the day before, announced regional promises such as building a national AI data center, building a Gwangju-Yeongam highway, and relocating Gwangju Airport in the city center, saying, “I will make Gwangju the most leading region in the world.” Candidate Yoon said, “In the eyes of the citizens of Gwangju, the power of the people is lacking. And there are many things that need to be changed in the future,” he said. Candidate Yoon said, “Today at the center commemorating former President Kim Dae-jung, the outstanding politician and national leader of our country, born in Honam, I promise to the citizens of Gwangju.” He said, “I will definitely change Gwangju.”
Earlier, candidate Yoon visited the May 18th Democratic Cemetery to commemorate the victims of the pro-democracy movement. Candidate Yoon, however, was unable to visit the shrine due to protests from civic groups and had to turn away from the pilgrimage plaza with only silence. Some bereaved families of the May Mothers Association protested against Candidate Yoon’s remarks in defense of former president Chun Doo-hwan, and in front of the memorial tower, some bereaved families said, ‘You are not worthy to stand in front of May Youngryeong, the protector of the slayer’, and ‘Praise the slayer! fake apples! There was no difference from Chun Doo-hwan!’ He held a silent protest holding a sign. Candidate Yoon visited the May 18th Democracy Cemetery in Gwangju in November last year to apologize for defending Chun Doo-hwan, but was unable to visit due to protests from civic groups.
Candidate Yoon said, “Because the spirit of May is to protect democracy with blood, all Koreans should not forget the spirit of the May. I think the spirit of May is the spirit of liberal democracy and national unity,” he said. In the guestbook, he wrote, “I will inherit the spirit of May and protect liberal democracy.”
On that day, even in front of the May 18th Democratic Cemetery, clashes broke out between civic groups criticizing candidate Yoon and conservative civic groups supporting candidate Yoon. About 10 citizens held up signs that read, “Apologize for Chun Doo-hwan’s advocacy,” “Those who defended the massacre, don’t step on Gwangju,” and shouted, “Yoon Seok-yeol, resign.” Conservative YouTubers supporting Candidate Yoon then held a protest rallying loudly chanting “Registration Change Yoon Seok-yeol”.
Candidate Yoon then toured the site of the collapse of the Gwangju apartment building and met the victims’ families to comfort them. Candidate Yoon said, “I see the families of the victims, how can I comfort them? I hope that the body will be recovered as soon as possible,” he said. He continued, “I believe that an accurate investigation into the circumstances of the accident should be conducted to hold those responsible strictly accountable, and above all, a thorough investigation should be conducted to ensure that this does not happen again.” Candidate Yoon also said, “Looking at the picture of the collapse, it can happen in any underdeveloped or uncivilized country.
Candidate Yoon visited the Jeju April 3 Peace Park the day before and said, “The massacre of civilians is impossible in a liberal democracy. We will make sure that reasonable compensation is provided.” Candidate Yoon visited Gangjeong Village, Seogwipo-si, Jeju, where the naval base is located, and said, “In 2007, ex-President Roh made an anguished decision despite much opposition from his surroundings.” “The Jeju naval base is an essential element of the nation. It is not wrong for armed forces and peace to coexist.” Then, he said, “I engrave the agony and determination of former President Daeng in my heart,” and showed a tearful appearance for about 3 seconds. It is interpreted as a move to secure security while stimulating public opinion in the center of the city.