Mass rally kicks off call for pres­i­dent’s ouster

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

Tens, and pos­si­bly hun­dreds, of thou­sands of South Kore­ans marched in Seoul on Satur­day de­mand­ing the ouster of Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye in one of the big­gest protests in the country since its de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion about 30 years ago.

Po­lice an­tic­i­pated about 170,000 peo­ple to turn out near City Hall and an old palace gate while the protest or­ga­niz­ers es­ti­mated as much as a mil­lion are tak­ing part.

It’s the lat­est of a wave of mas­sive ral­lies against Park, whose pres­i­dency has been shaken by sus­pi­cion that she let a shad­owy long­time con­fi­dante to ma­nip­u­late power.

Park’s friend, Choi Soon­sil, the daugh­ter of a late cult leader who emerged as Park’s men­tor in the 1970s, is also sus­pected of ex­ploit­ing her pres­i­den­tial ties to bully com­pa­nies into do­nat­ing tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to foun­da­tions she con­trolled. De­spite ris­ing pub­lic anger, op­po­si­tion par­ties have yet to se­ri­ously push for Park’s res­ig­na­tion or im­peach­ment.

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