S. Korean dictator’s grandson offers apology for 1980 massacre

THE grandson of former South Korean military dictator Chun Doo-hwan apologised today for a massacre committed in the 1980s, a move hailed by victims’ relatives and analysts as symbolic and significant.

Chun Woo-won, 27, became the first member of his family to visit the Gwangju cemetery and say sorry for the 1980 crackdown on a democracy uprising, which killed at least about 200 people, according to official estimates.