President Moon attended the event to mark the 33rd anniversary of the June Democratic Struggle held at the Namyeong-dong Human Rights Center where democratic activists were captured and tortured.
Yu Dong-wu, who was tortured in 1981 and is now serving as a security guard at the center, entered alongside Moon and other family members of those who suffered from the suppression as well as the chief of the National Police Agency for the first time. Moon rewarded medals to 12 of those who have made contributions to democracy of the nation on that day including 5 presidential citations.
Moon said "On June 10 1987, we together made a new chapter for democracy of South Korea. I would like to express my sincere respect and gratitude to those who took part in the historic event. I also would like to send my thanks and encouragement to the people of the nation. It is like a miracle that we turned this terrifying place into a human rights center and I'm really proud of the people. Democracy never comes itself but from ardent desire of us all. Let us walk together to make this green tree of democracy greener."
Moon then entered the very room where university student Park Jong-chul left his last breath by water torture, the incident that shocked the people and ignited the nationwide march and demonstration. Moon laid a flower and silenced. Moon is the first president to have entered the room 509 and paid respect. Alongside Moon stood Park's older brother Park Jong-bu and the chief of the National Police Agency.
President Moon had summit with Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission June 30.
Moon said "This year marks 10 years of strategic partnership between South Korea and the EU. EU is our second largest investment partner and the third largest trade partner. I would like to show my gratitude on behalf of the people to your unchanged support and encouragement. We will keep strengthening the partnership based on our achievements of the last 10 years and better preparing for the coming post-COVID era."
The three leaders discussed widely on health, economy and tackling the virus and the two EU leaders praised highly of South Korea's prompt and transparent measures and actions against the virus. They all agreed to deepen the cooperation in sectors of economy, trade, digital, environment and energy while closely working together to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.
Moon asked the two EU leaders for proactive support and participation in the 2nd P4G Summit held in Seoul next year.
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