Document emerges linking Chun Doo-hwan to suppression of Gwangju Democratization Movement

Former president received reports on death penalty convictions for key demonstrators


Former President Chun Doo-hwan, 88, received reports on death penalty decisions regarding individuals involved in the Gwangju Democratization Movement following the event’s suppression, a document states.

The document is further evidence that Chun, as then head of the Defense Security Command (DSC), was directly or indirectly involved in the events of May 1980, despite claims in his memoirs that he was unconnected with the situation in Gwangju at the time.


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