Hun­dreds of thou­sands of South Kore­ans march to sur­round Pres­i­dent Park’s of­fice

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Seoul: Hun­dreds of thou­sands of South Kore­ans marched in cen­tral Seoul on Satur­day to sur­round em­bat­tled Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye’s of­fice, form­ing a so­called “hu­man chain” to de­mand the pres­i­dent’s res­ig­na­tion.

As of 4pm lo­cal time, or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mated over 200,000 peo­ple gath­ered around the Gwangh­wa­mun Square in cen­tral Seoul, just over a kilo­me­tre away from the pres­i­den­tial Blue House where Park’s of­fice and res­i­dence are lo­cated. The demon­stra­tors marched up to 200 me­tres from the Blue House as a Seoul court al­lowed it. Park’s of­fice was en­cir­cled by a chain of protesters in three sides along the wall of po­lice bus that were parked to pre­vent an at­tempt to en­ter in­side the pres­i­den­tial of­fice.

The as­so­ci­a­tion to let the Park Geun-hye ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sign, com­posed of about 1,500 civic groups, held a pre­lim­i­nary event for three hours be­fore the march to the Blue House.

An of­fi­cial can­dle­light rally is set to kick off at 6pm and the sec­ond march would be staged af­ter a lights-out event for a minute from 8pm.

Protesters on the streets are sup­posed to put out can­dles, while peo­ple watch­ing the na­tion­wide demon­stra­tions on TV are to turn off lights in of­fices or apart­ments to in­di­rectly par­tic­i­pate in the out­side rally. The ad­vo­cacy groups’ as­so­ci­a­tion fore­cast that around 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple would take to the streets in the Seoul protest alone. Xin­hua

Photo: Xin­hua

Peo­ple at­tend a rally de­mand­ing Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye to step down in cen­tral Seoul, South Korea.

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