Crowds call on president to step down
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded Seoul’s streets yesterday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. Police said about 220,000 people turned out for the latest mass rally against Park, whose presidency has been shaken by suspicion that she let a shadowy longtime confidante manipulate power from behind the scenes. Protest organisers estimated the crowd at 850,000. Waving banners and signs, a sea of demonstrators jammed streets stretching about a kilometre from City Hall to a large square in front of an old palace gate for several hours, roaring and applauding to speeches calling for Park’s ouster, and chanting “Park Geun-hye, step down!”. Protesters also marched on a road in front of the palace gate and near the Blue House, the mountainside presidential office and residence, carrying candles, blowing horns and banging drums, while shouting “Park Geun-hye, resign!”. Despite rising public anger, opposition parties have yet to seriously push for Park’s resignation or impeachment over fears of triggering a backlash from conservative voters and negatively impacting next year’s presidential race.
ANGRY: A farmer protests