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Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

Added 10-26-21 03:18:02am EST - “Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, who participated in a military coup then won the election that was the country's first move toward democracy before he was imprisoned for corruption, died?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SEOUL, South Korea — Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, who participated in a military coup then won the election that was the country’s first move toward democracy before he was imprisoned for corruption, died on Tuesday. He was 88.

The Seoul National University Hospital said Roh died while being treated for an illness. It gave no further details.

Roh was a key participant in the 1979 military coup that made his army friend and coup leader Chun Doo-hwan president after their mentor, dictator Park Chung-hee, was assassinated earlier in 1979.

Roh led his army division into Seoul and joined other military leaders for operations to seize the capital. The coup and the subsequent crackdown by the Chun-controlled military on pro-democracy protesters in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980 are two of the darkest chapters in South Korea’s turbulent modern history.

About 200 people were killed in the military-led crackdowns in Gwangju, according to government records.

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