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Pro-Park protesters square off with police as S. Korea's president is impeached

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 01:03

Supporters of President Park Guen-hye clash with police outside the Constituational Court, after news that the vote to impeach the South Korean leader has been upheld.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Supporters of disgraced president Park Geun-hye clashed with police on Friday (March 10) after hearing that the vote to impeach the South Korean leader has been upheld. Hundreds of demonstrators, both for and against Park, have gathered at the courthouse, which was blockaded by police buses. Protesters climbed on top of busses as police sought to contain angry crowds. Park becomes South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. A presidential election will be held in 60 days, according to the constitution. "We remove Park Geun-hye from office," Lee Jung-mi, acting president of the court, told the hearing. "Her actions betrayed the people's confidence. They are a grave violation of law which cannot be tolerated." Park, 65, was been accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, and a former presidential aide, both of whom have been on trial, to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives. She was also accused of soliciting bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favors, including backing a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that was seen as supporting the succession of control over the country's largest "chaebol" conglomerate. Park has denied any wrongdoing.

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Pro-Park protesters square off with police as S. Korea's president is impeached

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 01:03