South Korean hold candlelight vigil to protest against alleged election meddling
Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 00:25
Aug 3 -South Koreans hold candlelight protest in the wake of allegations the country's spy agency influenced presidential elections. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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South Korean protesters held a candlelight vigil against the government's ruling party on Saturday, after allegations surfaced earlier this year that the country's spy agency had meddled in the 2012 presidential elections.
South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party, has accused the ruling Saenuri Party of failing to conduct a proper parliamentary investigation into the country's National Intelligence Service (NIS).
The state agency is accused of using agents and hired bloggers to conduct an anonymous online attack campaign against opposition parties in the lead up to December's presidential elections.
Around 10,000 protesters gathered in downtown Seoul, chanting: "the spy agency should be reformed! We want President Park Geun-hye's apology!"
Attending the vigil was Bae Jae-jeung, spokesperson for the opposition Democratic Party.
"Although the National Intelligence Service has illegally meddled in the last presidential election, the reformation of the spy agency has been delayed. We are here to let people know of the truth and to urge the ruling Saenuri Party to show responsibility and for President Park Geun-hye to apologise," she said.
The Democratic Party has stepped up calls on President Park Geun-hye to respond to calls for reforming the NIS.
In return, Geun-hye's Saenuri Party has denounced the move to engage the president, saying the problem should be handled between the leaders of the two parties.
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