On Korean Memorial Day KyungHo visited Seoul National Cemetery.
If you google him, I’m sure you can easily find out hundreds of articles, documentaries, TV dramas, movies and images about Park Chung-Hee, former President of South Korea, who was assassinated in 1979. Therefore I do not want to add my own unprofessional, not-so-deep insight with a little biased opinion to waste your time. Instead, I simply want to summarize his life with a few pros and cons about his political and economical achievements, failure and legacy with my own cold eyes and KaTalk Chatterbox comments by my old EMD buddies in Korea.
Former President of South Korea
Park Chung-hee was a South Korean politician and general who served as the President of South Korea from 1963 until his assassination in 1979, assuming that office after first ruling the country as head of a military dictatorship installed by the May 16 coup in 1961. Wikipedia
Yuk Young-soo was the wife of the 3rd South Korean president Park Chung-hee and the mother of the 11th South Korean president Park Geun-hye. She was killed in 1974 during an attempted assassination of her husband, Park Chung-hee. Wikipedia
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Former President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye is a former South Korean politician who served as the 18th President of South Korea from 2013 to 2017. Park was the first woman to be President of South Korea and also the first female president popularly elected as head of state in East Asia. Wikipedia
Published on Feb 7, 2014
Published on Jul 21, 2015
Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo wearing prisoners’ uniforms and white rubber shoes were led into the packed courtroom. The two former army generals had arrived at the court five minutes apart. Surrounded by about a dozen court officials, they did not answer any questions by reporters. Unlike most other prisoners, they were not handcuffed, apparently out of deference to their former positions. It is the first time in South Korean history that two former presidents have faced trial together for alleged wrongdoing in office. They are charged with mutiny and treason and are already on trial separately on charges of bribery. The two ex-presidents, childhood friends and later military companions, sat side by side in the first row of the defendants’ seats. More than 200 spectators, family members and reporters are here for “the trial of the century” as the local media have dubbed it. One of those watching the trial closely is Kang Wee-seuk who writes for Taiwan’s Joong-Ang Daily News. Kang says the trial is unique and that in every aspect that it is a “global trial”. He said the Korean people are behind this “historical correcting” process because of their concern for the future but he also expressed sympathy for those on trial. SOUNDBITE: (Korean ) This is the first step into correcting what is bad in the history of 20th century. In some sense, the two people on trial are the sacrificial lamb in the cleansing process.” SUPERCAPTION: Kang Wee-seuk, Joong-Ang Daily News However, the consensus seems to be that this trial is inevitable and that it had to happen. Outside the courtroom, emotions were running high and at least six people were arrested by police as they tried to throw rocks and eggs toward the two ex-presidents’ buses. Dozens of other protesters shouted for the men’s deaths. If convicted they may indeed face the death penalty, but execution is considered unlikely. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) The present government should not use this trial to their advantage. Instead, they should allow the lawyers to conduct a fair and just trial.” SUPER CAPTION: Roh Byung-chan, Businessman The two former generals are accused of masterminding a 1979 coup that brought them to power, and a bloody military crackdown several months later that killed 240 pro-democracy protesters. Their trial on mutiny and treason charges is the most striking development in current President Kim Young-sam’s efforts to come to terms with South Korea’s recent history of corruption, successive coups and harsh, authoritarian rule. Chun, president from 1980 to 1988, seized power in a coup following the assassination of his and Roh’s mentor, President Park Chung-hee, by Park’s intelligence chief in late 1979. Roh succeeded Chun as president from 1988 to 1993. Prosecutors say Chun’s taking of power was a mutiny because his junta arrested the then martial law commander at gunpoint before forcing President Choi to approve the arrest. Chun has denied the charges, saying that his group, leading the military’s investigation of Park’s assassination, found the martial law commander involved in corruption and that Choi was not under duress when he approved the arrest. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/you… Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
Published on Mar 13, 2017
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