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Dongguk built a monument of the late No Hee-du’s torso

 

   
 
The late No Hee-du's torso is located next to the Dongwoo Tower./ Photograph: Park Han-gi
 
Have you ever thought about the 4/19 Revolution? On April 19th, 1960 there was a revolution, the majority of which were students. They resisted Lee Seung-Man’s dictatorship, and eventually he stepped down from the presidency.

 


DU is deeply connected with the 4/19 Revolution. On 4/19, 1960 DU students rushed to the Blue House, where the president lives, in order to achieve freedom. No Hee-Du was at the forefront of DU’s alumni. He didn’t yield to armed policemen, but rather he led the crowd. Armed policemen opened fire on the crowd and No Hee-du, who was junior in the Department of Law, passed away and many other students were injured.


On May 4th there was a ceremony for the unveiling of No Hee-Du’s torso in Manhae Plaza. DU’s 4/19 Revolution Successor Assembly built the late No Hee-Du’s torso next to the Dongwoo Tower to honor his and other victims’ spirit. At the ceremony Park Young-Sik, the head of DU’s 4/19 Revolution Successor Assembly said, “We should honor the spirit of No Hee-Du who claimed freedom in front of the Blue House, and worked together to develop our University.”


Students from other universities such as Sungkyunkwan University, Korea University, Yonsei University, and many others also participated in the ceremony. Choi Sun-Yeol,  President of a Graduate University Department said, “Thank you for your efforts of 4/19 Revolution’s patriotic martyrs. And let’s remember the efforts of all victims who risked their lives to achieve freedom.” 


 “Through this ceremony, we should remember the spirit of the 4/19 Revolution” said Lee Yun-Taek, head of an alumni association. Meanwhile, DU’s 31 alumni who led the 4/19 revolution were awarded the National Foundation Medal from the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. 31 alumni were registered as Men of National Merit. They will be buried in the Suyuri National Cemetery for their eternal rest.

Park Han-gi  dgpost@dongguk.edu

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