Crowds call on pres­i­dent to step down

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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.

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