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Businesses boom at South Korea protest venue

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:22

Seoul's weekend protests give a welcome boost in business for restaurants around the protest venue. Yiming Woo reports.

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After a long day of chanting for President Park Geun-hye to step down during weekend protests in Seoul, many demonstrators have been flocking to restaurants close to the protest square. Business has been booming since demonstrations started six weeks ago. This place specialises in grilled eel and sales are up at least 30 percent. The owner of Geosung Hof, which sells fried chicken, says he's seen a big boost in traffic. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) OWNER OF GEOSUNG HOF, KIM SONG-RYUL, SAYING: "As you can see, there are many government offices and businesses in this area, so sales on the weekend are almost non-existent. It's usually deserted. But with the recent weekend protests, our weekend revenues are higher than on a weekday, almost double." It's a short-term relief for the neighborhood's restaurants, as a new anti-corruption law limits the value of meals that could be accepted by civil servants. Organisers say Saturday's protest drew more than one and a half million people. President Park is accused of colluding with a friend to enable her to influence government affairs. She has refused calls to step down immediately even though her approval rating is at a record low of 4 percent.

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Businesses boom at South Korea protest venue

Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:22