May 18 - 27, 1980: Gwangju uprising in South Korea against U.S.-backed military dictatorship.
Top: The Gwangju Uprising began with a protest organized by the Chonnam University Students’ Association demanding the lifting of martial law, and turned into a citywide rebellion.
Bottom: The Gwangju People’s Militia. The people of Gwangju city organized a citywide commune that lasted for 9 days, until the South Korean Army crushed the rebellion and recaptured the city, killing over 1,000 people. With arms liberated from the provincial police armory, a People’s Militia (Mobile Strike Task Force) was organized to repeal and resist the army paratroopers. When the paratroopers made their final assault on the night of May 26, the last battle was fought by the Mobile Strike Task Force into the wee hours of May 27.