Fresh protests push for ouster of S Korea Prez
Up to half-a-million protesters were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on Saturday for the fourth week in a row, demanding President Park Geun-Hye’s resignation over a corruption scandal.
The weekly mass demonstrations – among the largest seen in South Korea since the pro-democracy protests of the 1980s – have provided a stark challenge to Park’s authority, but the president has defied calls to step down.
After claiming a turnout of around one million for last Saturday’s protest, organisers said they expected around 500,000 people to march in Seoul, with a similar number demonstrating in other cities across the country. So far the protests have been largely peaceful, but there was still a heavy police presence on Saturday.