Protests in South Korea just keep getting bigger
2024-07-18 06:47:33

South Korea's protests against President Park Geun-hye continue to gather steam.

This is the fifth straight weekend that the protests calling for Park's resignation have taken place, and the numbers keep climbing. Organisers in Seoul said 1.5 million people came, while authorities said it was more like 270,000.

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But for a country of just 50 million people, even several hundred people showing up is absolutely mind-blowing.

Mashable ImageProtesters holding up candles.Credit: APMashable ImageSouth Korean protesters shout slogans and hold up placards during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. For the fifth-straight weekend, masses of protesters are expected to occupy major avenues in downtown Seoul on Saturday demanding the ouster of Park who is suspected of helping in the criminal activities of a secretive confidante who is accused of manipulating government affairs and extorting companies to build an illicit fortune. The signs read "Park Geun-hye, Step down." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Credit: APMashable ImageCandles are placed to form words that read "South Korean President Park Geun-hye should step down."Credit: AP

Third party monitors have pegged the attendance closer to the 1 million mark than the low-hundred-thousands, as police said.

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Protesters are demanding Park step down amid a corruption scandal. She's being accused of allowing longtime-friend Choi Soon-sil to manipulate power, and extort millions from companies.

Mashable ImageProtesters wearing masks of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, and Choi Soon-sil, march with their hands tied by ropes on black boards bearing their names.Credit: APMashable ImageSome protesters carried torches.Credit: APMashable ImageProtesters holding candles.Credit: Lee Young Ho/Sipa USA

The public has been calling for Park's impeachment, and that demand has been mounting. She comes to the end of her five-year term in February next year, and unless she steps down, she has constitutional immunity.

The weekend rallies have stretched from midday to late night, and have drawn participants from further out, in suburbs and farmlands to the capital.

Mashable Image26 November 2016 - Seoul, South Korea : Millions of South Korean citizens attend a candlelight rally to demand South Korean president Park Geun-hye to step down in the Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. South Korean protesters gathered on Saturday demanding President Park Geun-hye, ouster as lawmakers mull a bid to impeach her over an influence-peddling scandal. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/POOL *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***Credit: Lee Young Ho/Sipa USAMashable ImageSouth Korean students wearing masks, holding candles.Credit: APMashable Image26 November 2016 - Seoul, South Korea : South Korean protesters hold up candlelight rally during a march calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down protest down town in Seoul, South Korea on November 26, 2016. Photo Credit: Lee Young-ho *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***Credit: Lee Young Ho/Sipa USA

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

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