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South Koreans protest against president

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 01:06

A massive rally takes place in Seoul to protest against President Park Geun-hye's influence-peddling scandal on the fourth anniversary of Park's inauguration. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A huge crowd of South Koreans took to the streets of central Seoul on Saturday (February 25) to demand President Park Geun-hye, who has been impeached by parliament over a corruption scandal, step down. Organisers of the anti-president rally estimated the crowd at about 1,000,000 as of 1100GMT. It was largely peaceful, as were previously rallies, with songs and speeches striking a festive tone, mixed with angry calls for her to quit. Saturday also marked the fourth anniversary of Park's inauguration. Park's impeachment is being reviewed by the Constitutional Court, which has 180 days from the December 9 parliament impeachment vote, to uphold or overturn it and reinstate the leader. The court said it would conclude oral arguments on February 27. It has not said when it would deliver a verdict but according to past practice, a decision could be expected after about two weeks. Park is accused of colluding with her old friend Choi Soon-sil to pressure big businesses to make contributions to non-profit foundations backing presidential initiatives. She has denied wrongdoing but apologized for carelessness in her ties with Choi, a friend for four decades, who has also denied wrongdoing. Choi is in detention while on trial.

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South Koreans protest against president

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 01:06