Former South Korean dictator Sun Doo-hwan has died at the age of 90.
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the former general had died at his home in Seoul.
The Sun Do-Hwan regime oversaw South Korea’s strong economic growth and was proud to host the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
He was the first South Korean president to hand over power peacefully.
Chun came to power in a 1979 military coup that assassinated President Park Geun-hye.
He ruled the country with an iron fist between 1980 and 1988 and violently suppressed any political opposition. He is still one of the most hated people in South Korea.
He is known as the “butcher of Guangzhou” after he ordered his forces to forcibly quell an uprising against him in this city in the southwest of the country. The official death toll from the Gwangju incident has risen to 200.
He was convicted of treason in 1996 and sentenced to death in connection with the Gwangju incident, but his sentence was reduced on appeal and he was released under a presidential pardon.
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