Protesters continue to rally in Seoul

2016-11-26 17:57
South Korean protesters shout slogans in Seoul during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down. (Lee Jin-man, AP)

South Korean protesters shout slogans in Seoul during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down. (Lee Jin-man, AP)

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Seoul - South Korea is seeing its biggest wave of street demonstrations in decades, but nobody is sure how many people are taking to the streets each week.

For the fifth straight weekend, masses of protesters occupied major avenues in downtown Seoul on Saturday demanding that President Park Geun-hye is fired. She 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 rally renewed what has become a weekly back-and-forth between police and protest organisers, whose crowd estimates have differed widely. Police said about 270 000 people turned out on Saturday, making it the largest anti-Park rally yet. Organisers estimated the crowd at 1.5 million.

There are many challenges for counting the number of protesters. The rallies stretch from midday to late night - some people stay for several hours, others just several minutes. The demonstrators not only gather in open space, but also small alleys and between buildings. Some of them are constantly moving.

While the protest in Seoul on November 12 might have been one of the largest since South Korea freed itself from dictatorship three decades ago, it's unclear how big it actually was. Police saw the crowd at 260 000, while organisers say 1 million turned out.


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