South Korean protesters march against president again
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.