Don't Dilly Dally... 'Candlelight Revolution' Calls on Constitutional Court for Prompt Action
SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- Another massive protest will be held in central Seoul on Saturday, this time urging the Constitutional Court to promptly review the impeachment of scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye.
The rally, organized by some 1,500 civic groups, will mark the eighth of its kind, and the second since the unicameral parliament voted to impeach the president for her alleged involvement in corruption and influence-peddling scandals surrounding her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil.
The rally also comes a day after the president's attorneys dismissed all impeachment charges, urging the court to reject the parliamentary move to impeach Park.
The National Assembly voted 234-56 on Dec. 9 to impeach the president, immediately suspending her from all powers. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has since been working as acting president.
The protesters are planning to march up to 100 meters from the Constitutional Court, which has up to six months to decide whether to approve the parliament's motion or to reinstate Park.
Protesters have been taking to the streets in Seoul and other cities across the country for the past months to demand Park step down over suspicions she let her friend Choi meddle in state affairs and amass profits using her ties to the president.
They were some of the largest demonstrations held in the country's history, with the rally held right before the parliament's impeachment vote gathering some 1.7 million protesters in Seoul alone, according to organizers.
Also on Saturday, conservative civic groups are planning to hold a separate rally against the impeachment of Park.'