Chun Doo-hwan arrived in Gwangju by helicopter before troops opened fire on civilians

Former US Army intelligence officer says order to open fire issued during meeting with Chun

The US Army confirmed the existence of a South Korean Security Command special forces unit of “plainclothes operatives” and reported it to the US Department of Defense during the Gwangju Democracy Movement in May 1980, an eyewitness claimed. Concrete evidence was also presented to suggest that claims of Gwangju being infiltrated by North Korean special forces during the events of the democracy movement – at a time when the Korean Peninsula was subject to close observation by two US military spy satellites – are false.

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