South Ko­rean pro­tes­ters march against pre­si­dent again

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

SOUTH KO­REA - Mas­si­ve pro­tests roi­led Se­oul for the se­cond con­se­cu­ti­ve week­end as hund­reds of thou­sands of an­gry South Ko­reans took to the streets Sa­tur­day calling for Pre­si­dent Park Geun-hye’s re­sig­na­ti­on. The march, which in­clu­ded fa­mi­lies with young child­ren, stu­dents -- so­me in school uni­forms -- and union mem­bers, ca­me as op­po­si­ti­on to Park mounts fol­lo­wing her un­pre­ce­den­ted ad­mis­si­on that she sha­red clas­si­fied in­for­ma­ti­on with so­me­o­ne who lack­ed the ne­ces­sa­ry se­cu­ri­ty clea­ran­ce. It was one of the big­gest an­ti-govern­ment pro­tests the coun­try has seen in de­ca­des. Four of­fi­cers we­re in­ju­red du­ring the de­mon­stra­ti­ons, ac­cor­ding to South Ko­rea’s Yon­hap News Ag­en­cy, which ci­ted po­li­ce. Twen­ty­six pro­tes­ters we­re ta­ken to hos­pi­tal with in­ju­ries and a fur­ther 29 we­re tre­a­ted at the sce­ne of the pro­tests, Yon­hap quo­t­ed the Fi­re De­part­ment as saying. It is unclear how the po­li­ce and pro­tes­ters we­re in­ju­red. In a press brie­fing Sun­day, Park’s spo­kes­man said the Pre­si­dent had “heard the voi­ces of the pe­o­p­le yes­ter­day with gra­vi­ty and dee­ply re­a­li­zes the se­rious­ness of the cur­rent si­tu­a­ti­on.” “Park is ear­nest­ly con­si­de­ring ways to nor­ma­li­ze the sta­te of af­fairs and ful­fill her res­pon­si­bi­li­ty as Pre­si­dent,” he said. The Pre­si­dent has al­rea­dy apo­lo­gi­zed twi­ce, but that has do­ne litt­le to quell the ra­ge of ma­ny South Ko­reans who say they feel be­tray­ed. In­deed, so­me pro­tes­ters are saying the mar­ches won’t stop un­til she re­signs. Park is South Ko­rea’s first fe­ma­le pre­si­dent. She’s al­so the daugh­ter of Park Chung-hee, the coun­try’s pre­si­dent from 1961 to 1979, who was as­sas­si­na­ted by his own in­tel­li­gen­ce chief.


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