08:15 GMT26 February 2021
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    Activists participating on Saturday in a large-scale demonstration in South Korea's capital of Seoul demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye scuffled with law enforcement officers, protecting the order at the rally, Yonhap news agency reported.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of the central part of Seoul. At the same time, police reportedly sent some 25,000 officers to patrol the streets during the rally and built barricades to protect Gyeongbok Palace, which is Park's residence.

    Thousands of protesters squared off near the police positions near the city's Gyeongbokgung subway station and several minor clashes erupted.

    At least seven protesters have been sent to hospital during the day, while four police officers have also been injured, the media outlet added.

    On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that Park's "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil allegedly received drafts of the president’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, though she had never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues, and apologized for "causing public concern."

    The revelation has caused massive anti-government protests in the country, with people and opposition parties calling on the president to resign. An arrest warrant has been issued for Choi, while the president expressed her willingness to testify in the case.


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