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Calls for Park to resign, mass protests continue

Reporter: Shane Hahm 丨 CCTV.com

11-19-2016 22:45 BJT

Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are continuing to protest in the streets of Seoul, for the fourth week in a row, demanding President Park Geun-hye's resignation over a corruption scandal.

These mass demonstrations are the largest in the country since the 80s, but the president has continued to defy the protesters' demands. Similar demonstrations are also being staged in other cities across the country.

The largely peaceful rallies are continuing, despite two televised apologies from Park over the scandal, which involves her long-time confidante Choi Soon-sil.

For the fourth week in a row, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, are gathered in Seoul’s main thoroughfare to protest President Park Geun-hye.

Their demand is plain and simple; they want President Park to step down from her post.

They’re upset with the way she has handled her administration and letting a personal confidante with no official government position to meddle in state affairs.

Despite the mass amount of people, things are orderly and peaceful, and the buzz going around is they want this to be a peaceful protest. Organizers had initially wanted to march straight toward the presidential office, but that request got turned down despite appeals to the courts.

There’s always the chance for possible scuffles between protesters and law enforcement, especially when you have this many people out and emotions are running high.

But if you look closely at the crowd, there are people from all walks of life taking part in this protest, from students, to young couples with strollers, families, all with one demand, for President Park to resign.

“I came here to call for President Park’s resignation. I was not able to come last week. I hope students, new people, and people who came last week can all shout for the president’s resignation in unison,” said Kim Seo-Yeon, protester.

“The president mishandled state affairs, and did not lead in a way fitting for the people. That’s why I’m here to demand that she step down,” said Jeon Young-Hak, protester.

The presidential office has given absolutely no indication that the President plans on heeding protesters’ demands to relinquish her power.

In fact, the president slowly resuming her duties in state affairs earlier this week while the investigation unfolds.

This despite the most recent Gallup Korea poll showing her approval ratings remaining a historically dismal low of 5% for the third straight week.

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