Choi Woo-hyuk, who self-immolated while serving in the military in 1987.
“He was a person who committed a sin that everyone knew and said he was innocent until the end. I did not expect an apology.” Choi Jong-soon, 64, who lost his younger brother in 1987, said this about Chun Doo-hwan’s death without an apology. His younger brother Choi Woo-hyuk entered Seoul National University in 1984, attended various rallies and demonstrations, and enlisted in the military in April 1987. After enlisting in the military, Choi Woo-hyuk self-immolated himself in September of that year after experiencing habitual harsh acts when the fact that he was the subject of inspection by the Security Command became known within the unit. In 2004, the Committee for Investigation of Suspicious Photographs recognized Choi Woo-hyeok’s death as an incident of the illegal exercise of public power during the democratization movement.
In addition to Choi Woo-hyuk, college students including Kim Doo-hwang (Korea University), Kim Yong-kwon (Seoul National University), Lee Yun-seong (Sungkyunkwan University), Lee Jin-rae (Seoul National University), Jeong Seong-hee (Yonsei University), Han Young-hyeon (Hanyang University), and Han Hee-cheol (Seoul National University) were forcibly conscripted into the military under the Chun Doo-hwan regime. was questionable At that time, the National Armed Forces Security Command (currently the Military Security Support Command) conducted a ‘recording project’ by forcibly conscripting college students who judged their ideology to be ‘unfair’, such as a democratization movement, to receive special education. Choi Jong-soon said that it was “hard to bear” when his close aides emphasized Jeon’s “ball” or made remarks at the funeral. “The fact that 300 North Korean soldiers came down on May 18th… it’s really hard to bear. I also resent the country that did not properly punish Chun Doo-hwan.” Jeong Jin-tae, former deputy commander of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, visited the burial place of Chun at the Sinchon Severance Hospital in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul on the 23rd and said about the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement, “Isn’t this an incident that caused about 300 (North Korean troops) to go south in Korea?”
The Committee for Investigation of Suspicious Deaths in Recording and Leading Work holds a press conference in front of the Committee for Investigation of the Facts on the Facts on the Facts on the Facts on the Facts on the Facts of Military Disasters in Jung – gu, Seoul on the 23rd and speaks about the results of the investigations into the case of Kim Yong Kwon. Provided by the Fact-finding Countermeasures Committee on the suspicious deaths of recording and leading work
After Choi Woo-hyuk’s death, the family’s life changed completely. His mother, Kang Sang-im, made an extreme choice in 1991, four years later. The mother blamed herself for recommending the enlistment because she thought, ‘I’d rather send him to the army and stop demonstrating’ because he feared that his son would go to prison. His father, Bong-gyu Choi, passed away after working for a long time in the National Council for Democracy and Bereaved Families to inform the truth about his son’s death. Choi Jong-soon is also serving as a representative of the investigation committee for the investigation of suspicious photos, and is urging the investigation into the truth about the deaths of not only his brother but also those who suffered similar damage to his brother. In the 2000s, the investigation results of the Committee to Investigate Questionable Photos and the Committee to Investigate Past Photos of the Ministry of National Defense revealed that the Chun Doo-hwan regime violated the human rights of university students who resisted the military dictatorship through the greening project, but the task force and the bereaved families urged the need for a proper investigation. do. It is pointed out that there were limitations in the investigation, such as when the National Defense Security Command (the predecessor of the Military Security Support Command) refused to submit data on the existence of the suspect. Choi emphasized that efforts to find out the truth should continue even after Chun’s death. In February, the task force applied for an investigation into the truth about the deaths of the victims of the military questionable deaths with the Committee for Reconciliation of Past Cases for Truth and Reconciliation. The task force also raised an objection to the recent investigation result of the Kim Yong-kwon case by the Military Destruction Facts Investigation Committee, saying, “It was concluded as ‘self-harmful death’ while omitting the investigation of the overall recording and leading project.” “There is still so much to uncover. We will continue to do what we can.” By Kim Yoon-joo, staff reporter [email protected]