Massive Anti-Gov’t Rally in Seoul Saturday

Anchor: Some three-thousand lawyers have joined the series of condemnations against the scandal-ridden Park Geun-hye government. A massive candlelight protest is scheduled in downtown Seoul on Saturday to call for the resignation of the president.

Our Park Jong-hong has more.

Report: A group of some 32-hundred lawyers issued a declaration calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye.

While calling for punishing those responsible for the Choi Soon-sil scandal, the lawyers then marched to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office and staged a rally.

A labor union of public health and medical workers also issued a declaration and called on Park to step down.

They are expected to join the massive antigovernment rally in downtown Seoul Saturday. Civic group organizers of the protest said that one million people will participate in the protest while police estimate a turnout of about 170-thousand.

The biggest candlelight vigil to this day was held in 2008 against the government's decision to resume American beef imports amid the mad cow disease scare, drawing 700-thousand people according to organizers.

Police plan to dispatch 25-thousand officers in the area to prepare for any unrest or clashes.

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Joon-sik on Friday released a statement, expressing concerns that the rally might turn violent.

While acknowledging public disappointment over the influence-peddling scandal, the deputy PM stressed that the government is making every effort to lead society in the right direction.

Lee also asked for the public's support in normalizing the operations of the government, citing economic uncertainties following the U.S. presidential election and growing North Korean threats.

Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.

Source: KBS World Radio