Tens of thou­sands call for pres­i­dent to quit

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

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.

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