Former South Korean Military Dictator Chun Doo-Hwan Dies at 90on November 24, 2021 at 7:40 am

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, whose iron-fisted rule of the country following a 1979 military coup sparked massive democracy protests, died on Tuesday at the age of 90, his former press aide said. A former military commander, Chun presided over the 1980 Gwangju army massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, a crime for which he was later convicted and received a commuted death sentence. Chun passed away at his Seoul home early in the morning and his body was moved to a hospital for a funeral later in the day. He was suffering from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which was in remission, and his health had deteriorated recently, his former press secretary Min Chung-ki told reporters. President Moon Jae-in’s office offered condolences to Chun’s family but expressed regret over his failure to reveal the truth and provide apologies. It had no plan to send flowers or an official …

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