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Moon watches movie about 1987 pro-democracy protests

All News 13:50 January 07, 2018

Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Sunday watched a popular movie about a historic pro-democracy movement in 1987, in which he himself played a leading role as a human rights lawyer.

The movie, "1987: When the Day Comes," depicts the landmark year in South Korea's struggle for democracy from the torture death of a university student to a massive protest across the country in June calling for an end to a military-backed government.

Chun Doo-hwan, a general-turned-president, bowed to the protesters, agreeing to a constitutional revision for a direct presidential election.

For Moon, the movie was a reminder of his grueling fight in the 1970s against dictator Park Chung-hee who ruled the country with an iron fist for 18 years. He was jailed in 1975 for joining a pro-democracy campaign.

Moon also led the June 1987 uprising in the southern city of Busan, along with the late President Roh Moo-hyun, when they were human rights lawyers.

The movie premiered on Dec. 27 and had attracted more than 3.66 million viewers as of Saturday.

This photo, taken Jan. 5, 2017, shows President Moon Jae-in attending a luncheon meeting with an association of senior citizens at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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