Chun Doo-hwan, who bloody suppressed the May 18 Democratization Movement, died yesterday (23rd) at the age of 90. There were few mourners at the funeral of Mr. Jeon, and voices of resentment and disappointment were high for leaving without any apology.

By Bae Jun-woo.


Chun Doo-hwan died yesterday at 8:45 am at his home in Yeonhui-dong.

Born in 1931, at the age of 90, Jeon suffered from Alzheimer's and multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

It has been 28 days since the death of former President Roh Tae-woo, a comrade in the 12/12 military coup.

[Min Jeong-gi / Former Blue House Public Affairs Secretary (Yesterday): I fell down on the way to the bathroom in the morning and took it. I just can't recover... ]

His wife Lee Soon-ja and his sons Jae-guk and Jae-yong stayed by the deceased's house in Yeonhui-dong, and accomplices in the 12/12 military coup including Jang Se-dong, former head of the safety planning department, visited his home.

Jeon's side said that he wanted to be buried in front of North Korea as a will during his lifetime, but

[Min Jung-ki/Former Blue House Public Affairs Secretary (Yesterday): 'If I die, cremate it and just sprinkle it on'... .] He

did not leave any remorse or apology for the historical crime of '5/18 bloody suppression'.

At the Sinchon Severance Hospital where the burial place of Mr. Jeon was prepared, condolences were received until 10 o'clock last night, but there were hardly any condolences from major politicians or businessmen except for the 5 public figures.

Instead, many citizens came to protest.

A citizen heard a sign at the entrance of the funeral home saying, "Those who do not reflect on their lives are not worth living", and a civic group held a press conference and condemned 'leaving without any apology and in despair'.