Post mortem doctor says only 1 civilian victim killed by friendly fire during Gwangju Movement

Testimony suggests Chun Doo-hwan concocted reports of civilians killed by M1 carbine

A doctor in charge of post mortem examinations during the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980 has come forward to say that only one of the Gwangju citizens who died in the uprising was killed by rounds from an M1 carbine. This testimony supports the allegation that the military junta under ex-president Chun Doo-hwan concocted reports that a substantial number of the dead had been shot by an M1, which was used by Gwangju citizens, in order to downplay the martial law troops’ role in the massacre. Officials from the Fifth Republic (Chun regime) have claimed that between 28 and 88 of the citizens killed in the uprising were shot by an M1, supposedly during friendly fire by citizens or during operations by North Korean units.

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