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Pro, Anti-Park Rallies in Seoul
Pro, Anti-Park Rallies in Seoul

Pro, Anti-Park Rallies in Seoul

Pro, Anti-Park Rallies in Seoul

Supporters of South Korean President Pak Geun-hye rallied on Saturday for her reinstatement while opponents gathered to repeat their demands that the leader impeached over a corruption scandal step down immediately.
The Park supporters, who last held a major rally in mid-November, began their demonstration first. Later, anti-Park protesters packed the streets of central Seoul for an eighth straight weekend.
Many of the opponents were angry that Park’s lawyers argued on Friday that the impeachment had no legal basis.
“This is my first time out here, but yesterday when I heard about her opinion against the impeachment submitted to the Constitutional Court, whatever pity I had felt for her disappeared,” Roh Yi-young, 55, said.
Park’s lawyers struck a defiant note in their first comments since the impeachment vote, saying the motion should be overturned by the Constitutional Court, which has 180 days to review it.
The lawyers’ submission to the court rejected all the points made in the impeachment motion approved by a wide margin by parliament on December 9, which accused her of violating her constitutional duty and breaking the law.
Park’s presidential powers have been suspended since the vote for impeachment, which set the stage for her to become South Korea’s first elected leader to be thrown out of office. The Constitutional Court must first uphold the motion.
Park, 64, is accused of colluding with long-time friend Choi Soon-sil, who has been indicted and is in custody, to pressure big businesses to make contributions to non-profit foundations backing presidential initiatives.
Saturday’s pro-Park rally near the court a few blocks from the presidential Blue House drew largely older people who said those behind the movement to oust her were misguided.
“The people who love this country have come out to save the country despite the hardship,” Kim Ku-ja, 69, said with the national flag draped over her.
If the impeachment is upheld or Park steps down voluntarily, a new election has to be held in 60 days to pick a new leader who will serve a single five-year term. Park’s term was originally set to end in February 2018.

 

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