A member of the Honour Guard carries the South Korean flag. Photo: AP

Gwangju apology: South Korea sorry for rape and torture committed by troops against protesters after 1980 coup

  • Demonstrators in the southern city and passers-by were beaten to death, tortured, bayoneted and disembowelled or riddled with bullets
  • Atrocities have long been concealed as traumatised victims remained reluctant to come forward but President Moon Jae-in promised to uncover the truth while campaigning
Topic |   Human rights

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A member of the Honour Guard carries the South Korean flag. Photo: AP
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