South Korea’s capital city Seoul has been rocked by protests from tens of thousands people marching through the streets, and demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal on Saturday.
This was after the 64-year-old Park Geu-hye had apologized twice after accepting complete blame of the scandal.
Protestors blocked a 16-lane highway in Seoul. While the Seoul Police said that there were 40,000 to 50,000 people involved in the protests, the organizers of the anti-Park rally claim to have gathered 100,000 protestors. Whichever, is true, it is still a massive number of people involved to bring a constitutional crisis in a country which has been in war technically with its rogue neighbor North Korea for several years.
On Wednesday, Park dismissed the Prime Minister during an ongoing reshuffle and the several resignations of her important aides.
The scandal revolves around the South Korean President’s friend and informal adviser, Choi Soon-sil who was issued an arrest warrant for allegedly abusing power besides fraud. Accusations levied against Choi Soon-sil were that she had not only access to confidential government documents but also intervention in state affairs.
President Park has been accused of allowing her aide Choi Soon-sil see secret documents and her speeches despite not holding any official post in the government.
The South Korean media along with opposition parties have accused Choi Soon-sil of making millions of dollars in the mask of donations to the Mir and K-Sports foundations using her close relationship with the President.
It has been reported that the ongoing protests have been peaceful so far, while being very close to the presidential palace Blue House.
In her second televised apology to the nation on November 4, Park Geun-Hye said: “All of this happening is my fault. It happened because of my neglect.
“There are even talks of me being immersed in a cult or resorting to shamanism in the Blue House (presidential palace). I would like to say that this is absolutely not true.”
In a new poll conducted by Gallup, Park’s approval rating dramatically went down to just 5%. The poll revealed that 89% had a negative opinion of her performance.
Park Geun-hye, the leader of the Saenuri Party, is the 11th President of South Korea. She is the daughter of the late Park Chung-hee, who served as the third President of South Korea.