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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 12:33 AM Nov 2021

Former President Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90

Source: Yonhap

Former President Chun Doo-hwan, a general-turned strongman widely criticized for seizing power through a 1979 military coup and ruthlessly quelling a pro-democracy civil uprising in the southwestern city of Gwangju the following year, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Chun died at his home in western Seoul around 8:40 a.m. after battling chronic ailments, aides said.


The former Army general rose to power after staging a coup in the wake of the assassination of then President Park Chung-hee in 1979 and ruled the country until 1988.

One of his biggest and darkest political legacies is his deadly crackdown on the Gwangju pro-democracy civil uprising in 1980, which left more than 200 dead and 1,800 others wounded, according to conservative official data.

Read more: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211123002452315?section=national/politics

May he rot. He was a horrible person all the way around
Best moment after he was out of office was, while being questioned by the National Assembly for his crimes, future Korean President Roh Moo-hyun threw a nameplate at him (still a great moment in Korean history) -- too bad he missed
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Former President Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90 (Original Post) rpannier Nov 2021 OP
Nasty despot who should have been hanged. dalton99a Nov 2021 #1
It sickens me that so many conservatives in Korea idolize him rpannier Nov 2021 #2


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2. It sickens me that so many conservatives in Korea idolize him
Tue Nov 23, 2021, 01:49 AM
Nov 2021

He was part of the assassination of Pres Park (who was fairly rightwing). Yet, they fall all over themselves to defend him

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