Military coup in South Korea - Part 7 (Scenes from The Fifth Republic - English subtitle)4mo ago
On October 26, 1979, South Korean president and dictator Park Chung-hee was assassinated by his intelligence chief Kim Jae-kyu. Many people had hopes of democracy until this happened on December 12, 1979. Background: On the day of assassination, Kim Jae-kyu invited Army Chief of Staff Jeong Seung-hwa to KCIA safehouse where Park Chung-hee was to be assassinated in hope of getting his support. Jeong did not support Kim, and the latter was arrested later. Prime Minister Choi Kyu-ha became the acting President, and the martial law was desclared with Chief of Staff Jeong as the martial law administrator in fear of attack by North Korea. Major Gen. Chun Doo-hwan, Chief of Security Command, was in charge of investigating the assassination of Park Chung-hee. He had formed a secret society of military officers called Hanahoe with Park's blessing.