The former South Korean military strongman who suppressed democratic demonstrations in 1980, Chun Doo Hwan, died
Seoul, South Korea-Chun Doo Hwan, the former South Korean military strongman who suppressed democratic demonstrations in 1980, has passed away. He is 90 years old.
Emergency officials said Chun passed away on Tuesday morning. The police said earlier that Chun suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Seoul, and emergency workers rushed to his residence.
All seized power in a military coup in 1979 and ruled South Korea for about eight years. He brutally suppressed democratic protests and detained tens of thousands of people to consolidate control of power.
According to official data, the government suppressed protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980, resulting in approximately 200 deaths.