Con­ser­va­tives stage rally against jus­tice min­is­ter

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

Kore­ans op­posed to scan­dal-rid­den Jus­tice Min­is­ter Cho Kuk held a mas­sive rally in cen­tral Seoul on Wed­nes­day to call for his ouster and the res­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in.

Par­tic­i­pants, many hold­ing Ko­rean na­tional flags and some hold­ing Amer­i­can flags as well, crowded the 10-lane boule­vard run­ning from the Gwangh­wa­mun gate all the way to the Sungnye­mun, or Nam­dae­mun, gate near Seoul Sta­tion.

They later marched in front of the pres­i­den­tial of­fice, chant­ing slo­gans like “Ar­rest Cho Kuk” and “Moon Jae-in out.”

Po­lice mo­bi­lized around 5,000 of­fi­cers to pre­vent pos­si­ble in­ci­dents at the rally, but no vi­o­lent clashes or ar­rests were re­ported.

It was the sec­ond mass rally that con­ser­va­tives have held to de­mand Cho’s ouster. The first was held on the Na­tional Foun­da­tion Day hol­i­day last week. Wed­nes­day is the Hangeul Day hol­i­day that marks the pro­mul­ga­tion of the Ko­rean al­pha­bet.

Lead­ers of the main op­po­si­tion Lib­erty Korea Party, such as chair­man Hwang Kyo-ahn and floor leader Na Kyung-won, also took part in Wed­nes­day’s rally. A coali­tion of con­ser­va­tive groups, which calls it­self the Pan-Na­tional Al­liance for Moon Jae-in’s Res­ig­na­tion, or­ga­nized the protest.

The al­liance in­sists that Cho is not fit to serve as the jus­tice min­is­ter over­see­ing the pros­e­cu­tion, as his fam­ily has been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by pros­e­cu­tors about var­i­ous cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

The con­ser­va­tive demon­stra­tors plan to march to­wards Cheong Wa Dae, the pres­i­den­tial of­fice, af­ter the Gwangh­wa­mun rally to de­mand Moon’s res­ig­na­tion.


Pro­test­ers hold an anti-govern­ment rally at Gwangh­wa­mun in Seoul, Wed­nes­day, call­ing for the ouster of scan­dal-rid­den Jus­tice Min­is­ter Cho Kuk. Cho’s fam­ily is at the cen­ter of a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of fi­nan­cial crimes and il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties re­gard­ing uni­ver­sity ad­mis­sions.

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