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Mungyeong Massacre
North Gyeongsang, South Korea.
Location South Korea
Date 24 December 1949[1]
Target Communist sympathizer civilians
Attack type
Deaths 86[1][2][3] - 88[4][5]
Perpetrators Syngman Rhee anticommunist forces

The Mungyeong Massacre[1] (Korean language: 문경 양민학살 사건 ,[3] Hanja: 聞慶良民虐殺事件) was a massacre conducted by 2nd and 3rd platoon, 7th company, 3rd battalion, 25th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division of the South Korean Army on 24 December 1949 of 86 to 88 unarmed citizens in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang district of South Korea, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were children and elderly people.[2][4][source needs translation][3][source needs translation][5][source needs translation] The victims included 32 children.[3][source needs translation] The victims were massacred because they were Communist supporters or collaborators.[2][6][source needs translation] However, the South Korean government blamed the crime on communist guerillas for decades.[1][5][source needs translation]

On 26 June 2006, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Korea concluded that the massacre was committed by the South Korean Army.[5][source needs translation] However, South Korean local court decided that charging the South Korean government with the massacre was barred by statute of limitations as the five-year prescription ended in December 1954.[1] On 10 February 2009, the South Korean high court also dismissed the victim's family complaint.[5][source needs translation][6][source needs translation][1] In June, 2011, South Korean Supreme court decided that the South Korean government should compensate victims of inhumane crimes it committed regardless of the deadline to make the claim.[1]

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Coordinates: 36°43′26″N 128°12′44″E / 36.72389°N 128.21222°E / 36.72389; 128.21222

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