Yoon Seok-yeol “Go to the condolences” → “I am not going”… The power of the people ‘Chun Doo-hwan’s death’ come and go

Condolence plan overturned in 3 hours
It seems that the luncheon participants were discouraged
Lee Jun-seok also said, “Only harmony without condolences”

People’s Power Presidential Candidate Yoon Seok-yeol answers questions from reporters before having lunch with candidates competing in the intra-party primary at a restaurant in Yeouido on the 23rd.

People’s Strength presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol announced on the 23rd that he had decided not to pay condolences to Chun Doo-hwan. It has been three hours since I said, “I’m a former president, shouldn’t I go?” in a meeting with reporters earlier that day. Candidate Yoon’s overthrow of his condolence plan reveals the dilemma that he and the people face over the death of Chun. If we go to pay condolences, we are worried that the middle class will turn their backs, and if we do not go to pay condolences, we are concerned about the departure of hard-line conservative supporters who want to be treated with respect as a former president.

Until this morning, the People’s Power took an attitude that was more conscious of the public opinion of the supporters. At around 11:40 a.m., just before a luncheon with party officials, Candidate Yoon said, “I’m a former president, so shouldn’t I go?” and “I’ll take a look at the preparation schedule.” Regarding the question that Chun died without a proper apology for the May 18 armed suppression, he said, “I think it’s not appropriate to relate a political story to him because he is dead and in mourning.” When asked about the position of the head of state, he said, “Would the government not take into account the will of the bereaved family and the emotions of the people comprehensively?”

Kim Ki-hyeon, floor leader of the People’s Power, also met with reporters right after the party floor countermeasures meeting held at the National Assembly in the morning and said, “It is the duty of a human being to pay condolences.”

This afternoon, the opposite position emerged. Representative Lee Jun-seok told social networking service (SNS), “I have no plans to pay condolences to former President Chun Doo-hwan’s shopping mall.”

Candidate Yoon issued a statement in the name of the public affairs office of the election committee at around 2:40 pm and said, “With regard to condolences to the former president, Candidate Yoon has decided not to offer condolences.” It is known that participants resisted Yun’s condolences at a luncheon with candidates for the party’s presidential primary.

The confusion of positions surrounding the condolences is also intertwined with the party’s complicated intentions toward the Chun clan. People’s Power is not free from political responsibility as it has its roots in the Democratic Justice Party, founded by the Chun clan. In 2019, “May 18 is a riot” (Jong-myung Lee), “a monster group called May 18 meritorious people” (Sun-rye Kim), and “May 18 is a problem that the right should never back down” (Jin-tae Kim) at the time of the libertarian party ( The power of the people) came out of the mouths of lawmakers. The controversy surrounding Jeon’s defense was cited as an obstacle that prevented the rise of support for the people’s power in Honam and the middle class.

The atmosphere within the party changed somewhat after Kim Jong-in took office last year as former emergency committee chairman. In August of last year, after taking office, Kim Jong-un visited the May 18th Democracy Cemetery in Gwangju and knelt down to apologize. He also apologized for the remarks made by some members of the party that denigrated the May 18 Democratization Movement. Representative Lee Jun-seok also maintained his courtship towards Honam and the so-called ‘western policy’.

Candidate Yoon poured cold water on it. Last month, he said, “President Chun Doo-hwan did something wrong, but there are many people who say that he was really good at politics, except for the military coup and the May 18th (Gwangju Democratization Movement). ‘ There was controversy. Candidate Yoon visited the May 18 Democratic Cemetery in Gwangju on the 10th after being elected as a presidential candidate and said, “I bow my head and apologize to everyone who was hurt by my remarks.”

In this situation, he changed his position as there were concerns that Candidate Yoon’s visit to Chun’s condolences would cause another headwind. An official from the People’s Power said, “At the luncheon, the talk of condolences of Candidate Yoon came out and the participants dissuaded them. It goes against the sentiment of the people,” he said.


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