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South Korean protesters greet New Year with tolling bells

Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 00:56

Protesters in South Korea welcome the New Year with a tolling bell in downtown Seoul to demand President Park Geun-hye's resignation. Diane Hodges reports.

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(opens with "happy new year" flashing in lights) "Happy New Year" reads the sign in downtown Seoul. For these protesters, 2017 won't be happy as long as President Park Geun-hye remains in office. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in front of a large bell pavilion to welcome in the beginning of a New Year and call for the end of Park's term. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN STUDENT, HAN SONG-YI, SAYING: "In 2017, I hope Park Geun-hye is impeached for the good of the country." (BELL TOLLING) The National Assembly voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to impeach President Park over a corruption scandal. The country's Constitutional Court has up to 180 days to decide on the motion. Park has denied any wrongdoing and apologized for what she called her "carelessness." But these protesters hope this bell will signal the end of President Park's term.

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South Korean protesters greet New Year with tolling bells

Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 00:56