Thousands March in Support of Ousted South Korean Leader

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[Editor’s note: South Korea is a deeply dysfunctional society with a deeply dysfunctional political system and the people of South Korea are well aware of this fact. This is why they are always protesting in large numbers over various issues – they have no faith in their political system and know that their democracy is largely a sham.

The country is run by a corrupt and criminal oligarchy and has been for a very long time, the old ruling class that collaborated with the Japanese became the oligarchs during the post-WW2 years when the US controlled the country, having installed a puppet regime that was propped up by a brutal and murderous police force largely composed of men who had been collaborators with the Japanese occupiers. 

South Korea today remains a nation that is closer to a police state than a true democracy and it will remain so as long as it is controlled by an oligarchic elite that enjoys the support of the US. Ian]

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Thousands March in Support of Ousted South Korean Leader

Thousands of supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye marched in Seoul on Saturday to protest a court ruling that appeared to support key corruption charges against her.

Waving South Korea’s national flag and the US Stars and Stripes, the demonstrators shouted “Release innocent President Park Geun-hye” and called for the resignation of liberal President Moon Jae-in, who took power in May after winning a presidential by-election following Park’s removal from office.

Some of the demonstrators scuffled with pedestrians as they marched toward the streets near the presidential Blue House, while other pro-Park groups held separate rallies nearby, AP reported.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency didn’t provide a crowd estimate. But a police officer at the scene, who didn’t want to be named because he wasn’t authorized to speak to journalists, said about 8,000 people participated in the march.

Police couldn’t immediately confirm whether it was the biggest pro-Park rally at the capital since Moon took office.


The march on Saturday came a day after a Seoul court sentenced Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for a variety of crimes, including offering bribes to Park.

Following protests by millions and impeachment by lawmakers in December, Park was formally removed from office and arrested in March over broad corruption charges. She is undergoing her own criminal trial that is expected to produce a ruling around mid-October.


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  1. Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye represented the old school of South Korean politics.

    Newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in MAY be part of newly independent South Korea — unwilling to foment chaos, conflict & confusion with North Korea; independent of the U.S.; and unwilling to be the cats paw of the Rotten-Childs & others. Also NOT a puppet of China or Russia etc.

    The jury is still out, but South Koreans are now more satisfied with their current leadership.

  2. David the case of this ousted president Park mirror the defeat of Hillary Clinton in which she was elected to power via the backing of big company as well as the elite of her country government (see how South Korean intelligence services back her up).
    Much like Trump who aligned his campaign to popular view Moon campaign uses nationalist which closely aligned with general population views pointing to ultranationalism in which south Korean peoples independence in foreign policy affairs (owing to both China and Russia mutually beneficial trade as well as North Korea reunion via diplomatic means.)

  3. To be the first popularly elected Female President of a East Asia country is made even more distasteful to ruling patriarchy due to her being unmarried and childless. It is also interesting to note the timing of her ousting, and the ramp up in the pacific theatre. Bribery sounds like a big deal when it is in the papers, but often these things can be foisted upon anybody with a target on their back, and certainly in East Asia, favors and exchanges are the norm. It’s kinda like being arrested for going 67 in a 65 zone on the freeway with no traffic. In the US, we like to pretend it doesn’t occur, but not all populations are so naive. I say innocent until proven guilty by a very wide margin for Park. If I had to guess, she probably helped somebody who was not connected and this is the backlash. Worth watching.

    • David,
      you know how the word “elected” can be interpretated. Further more, I would instead say: “guilty, until proven innocent” .

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