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Thousands Of Protesters Demand For President Park Geun-hye's Resignation

By February 27, 2017 at 10:30 am
Protesters demand President Park Geun-hye to resign (Photo : ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

A lot of South Koreans gathered in protest on Saturday to demand President Park Geun-Hye's resignation. This came after she was impeached by parliament for being involved in a corruption scandal.

Last Feb. 25, thousands of South Koreans gathered for a candlelight rally to urge President Park to step down from her role. It was estimated that about 1 million people joined the rally as of 8 p.m. in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square.

The rally was peaceful. Protesters used songs and speeches to urge her to quit. Saturday was the fourth anniversary of President Park's inauguration.

"As the country marks the fourth anniversary of President Park Geun-Hye's inauguration today, I want this unbearable administration to end," Chung Hyoung-sook, 45, told Newsweek. "The Constitutional Court must carry out the impeachment and I hope the court shows that there is justice on this land."

The rally concluded as protesters, with some holding large flaming torches, marched toward the presidential office.

Back in December, President Park was impeached by parliament and was stripped of her powers. The decision of the Constitutional Court about whether to uphold her impeachment is still pending.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that President Park Geun-Hye's lawyers have accused one of the judges who was assigned to review her impeachment of bias last Wednesday. It was said that Kang Il-won had shown bias in the way he questioned witnesses. He also allegedly admitted to questionable evidence.

One of President Park's lawyers, Cho Won-ryong, said that his participation in the case could endanger the fairness of the trial. This is why they are requesting for Judge Kang's removal.

Another representative of the president, Kim Pyung-woo, noted that Judge Kang is the one who usually asks questions to the defense's witnesses. Apparently, his questions "always start off with criticism."

The issue on President Park's corruption made headlines last year with accusations that she conspired with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to bully two big companies to donate two foundations. These were intended to back Park's policy initiatives.

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