Hundreds of thousands walked the streets of Seoul in the latest protest against South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has come under fire for allowing her close confidante to have too much influence over her government policies.
Park Geun-hye has been rocked by a scandal involving an old friend who is alleged to have used her closeness to the president to meddle in state affairs. Park has pledged to cooperate with prosecutors in an investigation, but she did not. Yoo Young Ha, an attorney of Park, said “It is not a story that Park cannot get a prosecution investigation for a day or two, but she cannot for a while.”
Koreans have been angered by the revelations and say that Park, the latest South Korean leader to be embroiled in a scandal involving family or friends, has betrayed the public trust and mismanaged her government.
Police said they had deployed 17,600 officers and 220 units, including buses and mobile barriers, to supervise Saturday’s protest.
By 2 p.m. November 12. Seoul Plaza was already packed with people. Later, they marched through central Seoul, holding candles, chanting anti-Park slogans and keeping the protest going on late into the night. Some marched toward Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential office, and clashed with the police, but the protest ended peacefully, with only minor injuries reported.
According to a news article, “even though we’re just students, we feel like we can’t put up with this unreasonable society anymore, so we’re participating in this protest with like-minded friends,” said Byun Woo Hyuk, an 18-year-old high school student who held a banner calling on the president to resign.