Pro­test­ers call for pres­i­dent to step down

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA >> Thousands of South Kore­ans took to the streets of the cap­i­tal on Satur­day call­ing for in­creas­ingly un­pop­u­lar Pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye to step down over al­le­ga­tions that she let an old friend, the daugh­ter of a re­li­gious cult leader, in­ter­fere in im­por­tant state af­fairs.

The evening protest came after Park or­dered 10 of her se­nior sec­re­taries to re­sign over a scan­dal that is likely to deepen the pres­i­dent’s lame duck sta­tus ahead of next year’s elec­tion.

Hold­ing signs read­ing “Who’s the real pres­i­dent?” and “Park Geun-hye step down,” the pro­test­ers marched through down­town Seoul after hold­ing a can­dle­light vigil. Po­lice es­ti­mated that about 12,000 peo­ple turned out for the big­gest anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tion in Seoul in months.

“Park has lost her author­ity as pres­i­dent and showed she doesn’t have the ba­sic qual­i­ties to gov­ern a coun­try,” Jae-myung Lee, from the op­po­si­tion Min­joo Party, told the pro­test­ers from a stage.

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