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Protests spread throughout the country demanding President's resignation

By alice101   Tuesday, November 1, 2016   18,640   260   43

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The Choi Soon-Sil scandal, perhaps the largest political scandal in Korea in its modern history, is sweeping the nation, causing uproars everywhere. Citizens are pouring into the streets to protest, demanding President Park Geun Hye's resignation and for all individuals involved to be punished. 


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The scandal began when it was exposed that President Park was allowing Choi Soon-Sil, a long-time confidant of President Park, to make decisions for her -- it included everything from the presidential outfits, editing speeches, decisions to shut down a business deal with North Korea, and newly alleged, where to hold the Winter Olympics. Choi Soon-Sil seems to have had unhindered access to top classified documents even though she held no official posts -- in fact, most people did not even know of her existence until very recently. 


To make matters worse, friends and family of Choi reaped immeasurable benefits. Her daughter, Jung Yoo Ra, was able to enter a prestigious university through a horse-back riding scholarship even though she only attended high school for 28 days. 


Allegations continue and there's new evidence being discovered daily. Korean citizens, outraged and feeling betrayed by the President, are demanding her resignation. President Park's approval rate is below 10% as of today. 


October 30 marked the first official citizens' protest in the Gwang Hwa Moon area -- historically where important celebrations, events, and protests are held -- and at least 20,000 people came out. 









People held candles, banners, and some even came out with their children and marched through the night. Some citizens had conflicts with the police, but the protest remained mostly peaceful. 


Protests also took place on university campuses. Many declared a state of political emergency for the country. Professors and students organized declaration of demands for the president to step down, citing, "the death of democracy."  All the major universities in Seoul participated, followed by many other schools all over the country. 



Even high school students joined the movement, demanding, "Restore democracy!" They also earnestly asked for the prosecution office to thoroughly investigate all the evidence and hold an unbiased trial. 



Choi Soon-Sil, the woman in the center of the scandal, is currently in the custody of the police while prosecutors are investigating. She denies all charges and only admits to helping President Park personally when she was in need. 

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    SuperFly_Snuka Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Lol bad presidents all around the world

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    ryokucha Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Park Geun Hye is doomed. I wonder if she'll really step down. But speaking of scandals, how in the world can a teen only go to high school for 28 days????

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    shannnnt Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    28 days of high school and you can get into a good university just by riding horses. What a life.

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    krell shannnnt Saturday, November 12, 2016

    I am NOT defending this situation. BUT, you MAY have a HOME SCHOOLING and PRIVATE TUTORS situation involved here with the daughter. I believe that CHOI SOON SIL has a Net Worth of like $300 MILLION USD. So. one can afford a PRIVATE TUTOR situation with that much MONEY. Which, I have really NO IDEA what precisely 'went on' with the education of the daughter. Just 'tossing out' a couple idea here. My GUESS is that the daughter DID receive PREFERRED TREATMENT in this TOP UNIVERSITY admission situation. But again, also, this could be a HOME SCHOOLING / PRIVATE TUTOR situation for her HIGH SCHOOL education too. NO IDEA on it here.

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    shannnnt krell Sunday, November 13, 2016

    If she had home schooling then she wouldn't be enrolled in an actual high school at all.

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    krell shannnnt Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Yes, I have NO IDEA actually how the S.K Education System does work. I am merely *suggesting* that the DAUGHTER *may* have had PRIVATE TUTORS for education purposes. She *apparently* spends a LOT of time in GERMANY living? I am only *suggesting* that the DAUGHTER has 'other ways' to get education than by attending class at the High School. I did read elsewhere that the DAUGHTER is now currently wishing to RENOUNCE her admission spot to this TOP UNIVERSITY. Also, the TOP UNIVERSITY itself is looking to VOID her admission as being 'INVALID' somehow. Just as added information on this issue.

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    verney Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    The country would be better off with Ban Ki Moon as president considering he has the trust of basically the whole nation.

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    Puleun verney Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Basically she someone, who is a close friend of hers and not part of government officials, help her make decisions on classified materials that she shouldn't have known about. That what I gather from other articles.

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    Puleun Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    *Let

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    BritishSone Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Karma

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    sun3sun Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Seriously my english is not that good so I'm having a hard to about what's happening. The president did something wrong?

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    zhffk sun3sun Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    The president: Park / Her friend: Choi -President Park has a friend, Choi -Choi's father was a leader of a cult-like religion back in the days -Choi's father was a mentor of Park for her early adulthood(her 20s) therefore had significant influence over her -Park admitted to leaking official state documents to Choi and asking for Choi's personal opinion -Choi does not hold ANY PUBLIC OFFICE -Opposing parties accuses Choi of abusing her relationship to gain government funding to foundations Choi had set up -Under the South Korean Constitution, the president is immune from criminal prosecution except for insurrection or treason. -Choi fled South Korea to Germany but returned shortly after to beg for forgiveness from the public -Park fired 10 of her senior secretaries but the cabinet was not the problem PARK WAS THE PROBLEM -There are lots of Korean memes of Park being a puppet -The public is now protesting for the resignation of Park

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    SpringxTempo Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    yoo jaesuk 4 prez.

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    krell Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    PARK GEUN HYE <-- You Better RUN !!! ... DEVIL DEVIL RUN RUN !!! ... ;-)

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    krell Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    PARK GEUN HYE <-- HELL TO PAY !!! ... ;-)

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    Jojo_Dancer krell Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Yet somewhere Tiffany and Taeyeon remain free for their crimes. Where is the justice?

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    krell Jojo_Dancer Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    @Jojo_Dancer <-- I am NOT clear that TIFFANY and TAEYEON (SNSD members) have committed any "CRIMES" as you put it. They have probably 'socially offended' some people. But most ALL IDOLS have done that (be offending) in some social manner. Especially those IDOLS who have been active for a LONG time ; as TIFFANY and TAEYEON. Sooner or later, you likely say or do something that you wish that you could 'take it back' somehow. Anyway, I know of NOTHING that would justify TIFFANY and/or TAEYEON being put in JAIL somehow.

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    Jojo_Dancer krell Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    You obviously missed Why and IJWD.

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    krell Jojo_Dancer Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    @Jojo_Dancer <-- Okay!

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    mypcy Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    Yeah... I'm out.

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    imanigreen315 mypcy Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    2 out!!!!

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    krell Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    MINAH has 'disowned' the Girl's Day song titled "Female President" ... ;-)

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