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Gov't designates June 10 as nat'l day to commemorate independence movement

All News 15:40 December 08, 2020

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- The government on Tuesday designated June 10 as a national day to commemorate an independence movement held in 1926 against Japanese colonial rule.

The interior ministry said the designation was made under a revised regulation and approved at a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day.

"We hope this designation of a national day will lead to a reappraisal of the historical significance of the June 10 independence movement and the succession and development of our patriotic martyrs' spirit among future generations," the ministry said in a press release.

This photo, provided by the Seoul city government, shows the national independence movement that took place on June 10, 1926. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

On June 10, 1926, students in Seoul led a demonstration against Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule to coincide with the state funeral of Sunjong, the last king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

The demonstration spread to other parts of the country, resulting in the arrests of some 1,000 Koreans by the Japanese. Of them, 11 were sent to prison.

The June 10 movement is considered one of the most prominent independence movements, along with those held on March 1, 1919, and Nov. 3, 1929.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has been tasked with holding a ceremony to mark the new national day starting next year.

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