Families, Generations, Kids Join Hundreds of Thousands in Protest over Presidential Scandal, And They Tidy Up before Going Back Home
SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- Tens of thousands of protesters holding lit candles rallied in central Seoul on Saturday, demanding President Park Geun-hye's resignation amid an influence-peddling scandal involving one of her acquaintances.
The anti-government protest, one of the largest held in the capital in recent years, came a day after Park offered an apology for the mysterious woman who allegedly meddled in state affairs and pursued unlawful benefits for herself.
Police estimate around 50,000 protesters gathered in central Seoul in the latest series of rallies that began a week earlier.
Organizers, on the other hand, insist up to 200,000 people from all walks of life took part in the rally, citing the public's escalating anger towards the presidential office.
The protesters, including family members and high school students, held banners and signs that read "Park Out" or "Park regime should step down."
A federation of college students filled the square in central Seoul and nearby streets, strongly voicing their demand for Park to step down, as she allegedly turned over all of her presidential power to an unqualified person.
"There is some concern over a power vacuum when the Park Geun-hye administration steps down. However, that is no worse than giving all of the power given by the people to some stranger," said Choi Eun-hye, an Ewha Womans University student.'