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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 12:33 AM

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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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 01:15 AM

1. Nasty despot who should have been hanged.

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Tue Nov 23, 2021, 01:49 AM

2. It sickens me that so many conservatives in Korea idolize him

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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