This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
South Korea: Pro and anti-government rallies shut down Seoul01:22

South Korea: Pro and anti-government rallies shut down Seoul

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
January 21, 2017 at 13:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters rallied in central Seoul, Saturday, demanding the immediate resignation of President Park Geun-hye. Divided from the protesters by a line police stood several thousand pro-government supporters, who waved the national flag and chanted "invalid impeachment."

The President is currently facing impeachment proceedings after being accused of conspiring to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with her confidante Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. The constitutional court has six months to rule on the validity of Park's impeachment.

The demonstrators also denounced the court ruling against the arrest of Vice President of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, who had faced charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury in the corruption scandal involving Park.

Earlier in the day, South Korean Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun was detained on suspicion of involvement in compiling a blacklist of artists, who were deemed critical of Park. Cho is reportedly the first South Korean acting minister to be arrested.

South Korea: Pro and anti-government rallies shut down Seoul01:22
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Thousands of protesters rallied in central Seoul, Saturday, demanding the immediate resignation of President Park Geun-hye. Divided from the protesters by a line police stood several thousand pro-government supporters, who waved the national flag and chanted "invalid impeachment."

The President is currently facing impeachment proceedings after being accused of conspiring to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with her confidante Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. The constitutional court has six months to rule on the validity of Park's impeachment.

The demonstrators also denounced the court ruling against the arrest of Vice President of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, who had faced charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury in the corruption scandal involving Park.

Earlier in the day, South Korean Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun was detained on suspicion of involvement in compiling a blacklist of artists, who were deemed critical of Park. Cho is reportedly the first South Korean acting minister to be arrested.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
02:58
Spain: Patients queue at Madrid healthcare centres as COVID-19 cases spikeSpain: Patients queue at Madrid healthcare centres as COVID-19 cases spike
September 18, 2020 at 17:29 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:08
Belarus: Military drills with Russian special forces take place near Brest Belarus: Military drills with Russian special forces take place near Brest
September 18, 2020 at 12:27 GMT -00:00
01:24
Spain: Thousands protest against newly-imposed COVID restrictions in Madrid regionSpain: Thousands protest against newly-imposed COVID restrictions in Madrid region
September 18, 2020 at 23:26 GMT -00:00
04:52
Football? More like fin-ball - Chinese goldfish owner trains fish to play footballFootball? More like fin-ball - Chinese goldfish owner trains fish to play football
September 17, 2020 at 05:13 GMT -00:00
00:54
USA: At least two killed and 14 injured in Rochester mass shootingUSA: At least two killed and 14 injured in Rochester mass shooting
September 19, 2020 at 08:41 GMT -00:00
05:18
Netherlands: World's first living coffin provides eco-conscious burial solutionNetherlands: World's first living coffin provides eco-conscious burial solution
September 18, 2020 at 11:16 GMT -00:00
03:06
USA: Hundreds gather outside Supreme Court to mourn death of Ruth Bader GinsburgUSA: Hundreds gather outside Supreme Court to mourn death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 19, 2020 at 05:12 GMT -00:00
02:29
USA: Locals cast ballots as early voting kicks off in MinnesotaUSA: Locals cast ballots as early voting kicks off in Minnesota
September 19, 2020 at 02:12 GMT -00:00
02:40
Syria: Students, teachers protest in Hasakah as SDF-affiliated militants occupy schoolsSyria: Students, teachers protest in Hasakah as SDF-affiliated militants occupy schools
September 17, 2020 at 21:03 GMT -00:00
03:47
USA: Several aircraft dump flame retardants to battle Bobcat blaze near LAUSA: Several aircraft dump flame retardants to battle Bobcat blaze near LA
September 18, 2020 at 08:55 GMT -00:00
02:30
Georgia: Joint military drills with NATO countries finish near TbilisiGeorgia: Joint military drills with NATO countries finish near Tbilisi
September 18, 2020 at 23:02 GMT -00:00
04:07
Argentina: Remains of prehistoric megafauna found in Mar ChiquitaArgentina: Remains of prehistoric megafauna found in Mar Chiquita
September 19, 2020 at 10:28 GMT -00:00
03:36
Israel: Residents react as second COVID lockdown begins in Tel AvivIsrael: Residents react as second COVID lockdown begins in Tel Aviv
September 18, 2020 at 19:32 GMT -00:00
00:59
Belarus: Jewish pilgrims leave checkpoint on Ukraine borderBelarus: Jewish pilgrims leave checkpoint on Ukraine border
September 18, 2020 at 10:52 GMT -00:00
02:54
UK: Londoners express frustration with shortages as they queue for COVID-19 testsUK: Londoners express frustration with shortages as they queue for COVID-19 tests
September 18, 2020 at 14:49 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:43
Germany: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern leader attacks Greens over Nord Stream opposition in BundestagGermany: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern leader attacks Greens over Nord Stream opposition in Bundestag
September 18, 2020 at 18:06 GMT -00:00
04:21
Mexican teachers turn mototaxi tuk-tuk into mobile schoolMexican teachers turn mototaxi tuk-tuk into mobile school
September 18, 2020 at 20:05 GMT -00:00
01:16
Greece: Afghan girl and family stuck in Lesbos hoping to reach GermanyGreece: Afghan girl and family stuck in Lesbos hoping to reach Germany
September 18, 2020 at 20:26 GMT -00:00
05:10
Germany: Russian offshore supply ship docks at Nord Stream 2 base amid pipeline disputeGermany: Russian offshore supply ship docks at Nord Stream 2 base amid pipeline dispute
September 17, 2020 at 20:15 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:34
Greece: Zakynthos battered by rain and wind as Storm Janus approachesGreece: Zakynthos battered by rain and wind as Storm Janus approaches
September 18, 2020 at 10:17 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:58
Russia: Bottle with Novichok found in guest room in Tomsk – Navalny's aidesRussia: Bottle with Novichok found in guest room in Tomsk – Navalny's aides
September 17, 2020 at 17:52 GMT -00:00
02:29
Greece: Hundreds of migrants arrive at new camp in Kara TepeGreece: Hundreds of migrants arrive at new camp in Kara Tepe
September 18, 2020 at 11:24 GMT -00:00
01:50
UK: Assange offered 'win-win deal' by Trump in exchange for email leak source, court hearsUK: Assange offered 'win-win deal' by Trump in exchange for email leak source, court hears
September 18, 2020 at 14:05 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:13
USA: Trumps says COVID-19 vaccines 'in final stage,' expects one 'for every American by April'USA: Trumps says COVID-19 vaccines 'in final stage,' expects one 'for every American by April'
September 18, 2020 at 22:31 GMT -00:00
03:49
UK: Assange's refusal to accept deal saw toughening of US administration's stance - HrafnssonUK: Assange's refusal to accept deal saw toughening of US administration's stance - Hrafnsson
September 18, 2020 at 17:06 GMT -00:00
View all videos