#Notmypresident in South Korea

Koreans burn candles during protest against president in Seoul, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Hundreds of thousands of Koreans burn candles in protest against Park

Today, 11:38

In the South Korean capital Seoul, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators again took to the streets demanding the resignation of the discredited President Park Geun-hye. Because of the corruption scandal around the president protesters came for the fifth consecutive weekend.

According to the organizers, 800,000 people have responded to the call to protest. So far, the hour-long protests in downtown Seoul where protesters lit candles have always been peaceful.

Corruption affair

President Park is said to have allowed a confidante to exert considerable influence on policy and the appointment of ministers. This woman abused her relationship with the president to force companies to give money to funds that were managed by her. The confidante has been arrested, along with two other Park employees, and these three have been indicted.

President Park has twice apologized for the affair, but refuses to resign.

Viagra discovered in South Korean presidential offices

South Koreans have taken to the streets in mass demonstrations against their president, Ms Park. AFP photo

In the USA many people demonstrate against president-elect Donald Trump, with the slogan ‘Not my president’. Something similar happens in South Korea, as this photo shows.

From the BBC today:

Viagra found in South Korean presidential offices

The scandal in South Korea involving President Park Geun-hye has taken an unexpected twist with news that Viagra has been found in her offices.

Authorities found the pills – usually used to treat erectile dysfunction – while investigating corruption allegations against Ms Park.

The South Korean leader is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to influence her decisions.

The presidential office confirmed it bought 364 Viagra and similar generic pills to deal with altitude sickness on official trips to East Africa, … .

The BBC’s Stephen Evans in Seoul says the discovery of Viagra will add an air of remoteness to the president. Many Koreans believe Ms Park is living in a “different world” which will exacerbate political pressure on her to resign.

Some early rumours among Koreans alleged Ms Park could have been involved with cultish rituals with her friend Ms Choi.

Ms Choi, a long-time friend of Ms Park’s, is the daughter of Choi Tae-min, a shadowy quasi-religious leader [of the Church of Eternal Life] who was closely linked to Ms Park’s father, then-president [dictator] Park Chung-hee.

South Korean Political Crisis Hits President’s Approval Rating, Consumer Confidence. President Park Geun-hye’s approval rating fell to 4 percent amid a deepening political crisis, marking an all-time low for any democratically elected leader in the country: here.
11/25/2016 12:18 am ET