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One Million March and Protest in Seoul

Alea Ortiguerra, Intern, East and Southeast Asia

November 18, 2016

In Seoul, an estimated one million South Korean citizens protested on Saturday (Reuters 1). The protesters demanded the resignation of President Park Geun-hye due to the “crony scandal” (Chosun). The protest is the biggest in Korea’s modern history, pulling in more people than the pro-democracy protests in 1987 (Chosun). Protesters of all ages marched towards the presidential office so that their voices could be heard by the president. In addition, protests have begun in other major cities for the same purpose (Chosun).

Park currently has an approval rating of five percent and is being investigated over allegations of political corruption. Park is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to manipulate political decisions and extort money from South Korean companies (BBC). Members of the main opposition parties joined the protest, suggesting parliamentary support for the president’s impeachment (Reuters 2). However, the President has no indication of stepping down.

 

Sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN13707A

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-politics-endgame-idUSKBN13A0UQ

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2016/11/14/2016111400882.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37966494

 


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