S Korea police deployed ahead of anti-Park rallies

Seoul—Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in street protests across South Korea on Saturday to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment.
Police said 25,000 officers had been deployed in Seoul and roads leading to the presidential Blue House had been blocked as organisers predict up to 1.5 million people will rally for the fifth weekend in a row.
Another half a million people are expected to demonstrate in provincial cities.
The weekend rallies have been growing in size over the past month, drawing an estimated one million people two weeks ago, and are among the largest seen in South Korea since the pro-democracy protests of the 1980s.
So far they have been largely peaceful, with families, high school students, workers and farmers participating, chanting slogans and carrying candles.
Park has apologised over the influence-peddling scandal involving her long-time confidante Choi Soon-Sil, who has been arrested for fraud, but has defied calls to step down.
Choi is also accused of interfering in government affairs, despite holding no official position.—AFP

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