Activists Rallying Near South Korean Parliament Amid Impeachment Vote

© REUTERS / Kim Hong-JiProtesters attend a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads "Impeach Park Geun-hye".
Protesters attend a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads Impeach Park Geun-hye. - Sputnik International
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A mass rally is taking place in Seoul near South Korea's parliament on Friday to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye as the lawmakers opened a session to vote on presidential impeachment, local media reported.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the KBS television broadcaster, the police have encircled the protesters in order to prevent possible incidents.

Political scandal around the president broke out in late October when media reported that Park allowed Choi Soon-sil, her friend and "shadow adviser," who held no official post, to edit her speeches thus letting her influence the country's policy. Moreover, Choi was suspected of pressuring South Korean big corporations and extorting money from them for her non-commercial funds.

The situation has triggered protests around the country and the president has been criticized by the country's politicians, including the ones from her own party.

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