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South Koreans in mass protest over president

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 00:41

Tens of thousands of South Koreans protest to demand the president's resignation over a growing influence-peddling scandal.

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TIMELAPSE ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Tens of thousands of South Koreans protested in central Seoul on Saturday (November 12) in one of the largest demonstrations in the capital for years, calling on embattled President Park Geun-hye to resign over a growing influence-peddling scandal. The protest led by Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the more strident of the country's umbrella labour groups, dominated City Hall Square in downtown Seoul and roads nearby in the build-up to a candlelight rally scheduled later in evening. However, the protest was also attended by many other regular people, including school students and families with little children. Police said roughly 250,000 were at the protest, while the protest organisers said 550,000 had assembled. 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. Koreans have been angered by the revelations and say Park, the latest South Korean leader to be embroiled in a scandal involving family or friends, has betrayed public trust and mismanaged her government.

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South Koreans in mass protest over president

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 00:41