S. Korean protesters demand president step down, but that’s not so easy
SEOUL, South Korea — It’s a tricky time for political upheaval in South Korea.
Scandal-ridden President Park Geun-hye has just more than a year left in office, and the opposition would rather be gearing up for the December 2017 election.
That didn’t stop tens of thousands of South Koreans from massing Saturday in Seoul to demand that she step down amid allegations – many unproven – that she allowed a confidante to wield Rasputin-like influence over everything from government policies to wardrobe choices.
The protest was a resounding rejection of the conservative leader’s speech the day before in which she took blame for the latest crisis to plague her government and asked for forgiveness.
Instead, protesters sang and pumped colorful “Park Geun-hye out” banners into the air as speakers on a stage in historic Gwanghwamun Square called for her ouster. They lit candles and marched through the city center as evening fell, chanting slogans that included “criminal” and “treason.”
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