Tens of thousands call for president to quit
Tens of thousands of South Koreans poured into the streets of downtown Seoul on Saturday demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over a political scandal that has engulfed the nation.
The protest came a day after Park apologized on live television for the “heartbreaking” scandal amid suspicions that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power from the shadows, turmoil that is beginning to threaten her presidency.
Holding banners, candles and colorful signs that said “Park Geun-hye out” and “Treason by a secret government,” the demonstrators packed a large square in front of an old palace gate and nearby streets, singing and thunderously applauding speeches calling for the ouster of the increasingly unpopular president.
Police had anticipated that about 40,000 people would turn out for largest anti-government protest in the capital in nearly a year.