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Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against "Criminal" South Korean President

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The demonstrators in Seoul chanted “Arrest Park Geun-hye!” “’Step down, criminal!” and “We can’t take this any longer.”

They also held lit candles and banners, reading “Park Geun-hye out!” and “Treason by a secret government.”

Hundreds of thousands are gathering in the center of the capital of South Korea to take part in a large-scale demonstration, demanding President Park Geun-hye’s resignation, local media reported Saturday.

Police believe that about 220,000 people will join the protest, while organizers the number to stand at 850,000, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Police is reportedly going to send about 25,000 officers to patrol the streets.

On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that president’s friend Choi Soon-sil allegedly received drafts of Park’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, despite having never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues, and apologized for “causing public concern.”

The revelation has caused massive anti-government protests in the country, with people and opposition parties calling on the president to resign. An arrest warrant has been issued for Choi, while the president expressed her willingness to testify in the case.


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