Massive rally in South Korea to demand President’s resignation

Seoul, Nov 5 (IANS) Thousands of protesters gathered in South Korea’s central Seoul on Saturday demanding President Park Geun-hye’s resignation over a corruption scandal involving one of her acquaintances.

At least 43,000 protesters gathered in central Seoul in the latest series of rallies that began a week earlier, police said, Yonhap news reported.

Earlier in the day, the Seoul administrative court allowed the citizens to hold the rally after police rejected an earlier request for a march.

The protest rally comes amid allegations that Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of Park, had assumed the role of an eminence grise since the Park administration came into office in February 2013, exerting influence in state affairs while holding no public seat in the administration.

Soon-sil is also suspected to have had unauthorised access to presidential documents, which allowed her to even edit the president’s speeches before they were given.