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Protesters call for resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye

By Amy R. Connolly
Thousands of South Koreans took to Seoul streets Saturday calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over allegations she leaked state documents to a close friend. Photo by Yonhap News Agency/UPI
Thousands of South Koreans took to Seoul streets Saturday calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over allegations she leaked state documents to a close friend. Photo by Yonhap News Agency/UPI

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets Saturday calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over allegations she leaked state documents to a close friend.

South Koreans carried signs and changed "step down Park Geun-Hye" and "Who's the real president?" after she ordered the resignation of her 10 senior secretaries in the scandal. Police said some 8,000 people attended the protest in Seoul, while organizers put the crowd at about 20,000. Similar protests took place in Busan and other provincial cities.

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Park has come under fire after acknowledging her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil exerted influence on her executive decisions, including editing some of her speeches. Local news organizations reported Choi recieved two thick binders from the presidential office almost everyday.

Park apologized in a televised broadcast earlier this week, saying "I am shocked and my heart is breaking for causing public concern."

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