South Korea’s defense ministry on Wednesday voiced “deep regret” over a bloody government-civilian clash on the southern island of Jeju from 1948-1954 in the first such message in honor of the deceased victims.
“The defense ministry expresses deep regret and condolences to the Jeju people who were sacrificed in the process of a crackdown,” the ministry said in a statement.
More than 10,000 Jeju islanders are estimated to have been killed and nearly 3,600 to have gone missing during the tragedy, an outgrowth of Korea’s ideological division following its liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.
The ministry had described the incident as an “armed revolt” that the then-government quashed through the mobilization of military and police forces. (Yonhap)