Posted 29 Oct 2016 17:36
Updated 29 Oct 2016 19:42
SEOUL: Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs.
South Koreans took to the streets despite a public apology by Park late on Friday. Teenagers in school uniforms, college students, labour activists, and middle-aged couples with young children joined the rally, carrying banners and chanting "step down Park Geun-Hye".
"I came here today to show how angry I am," said Lee Ji-Hu, a 33-year-old housewife from Gimpo, northwest of Seoul, accompanied by her husband and two infant children in strollers.
"How can a leader have a shaman, or someone linked to a religious cult as a secret advisor and let her handle state affairs and squander taxpayers' money like that?" Lee said.
"I feel so ashamed ... I can't let our country where my children will live be corrupted like this," she added.
"BTW, We South Koreans call this shadow cabal of 8 women '8선녀 (Pal Sun Nyo)'. To translate it literally, this means 'The 8 Heavenly Fairies'."
"Wow, and here I thought "shamans controlling world leaders" was just some random shit that's found on a conspiracy website or in some edgy anime series."