The candlelight spirit finally erupted into torches. The broad squares and roads of South Korea were packed with candles as far as the eye could see. The people’s anger was set alight once again by a sleazy President and foolish politicians.
The sixth candlelight demonstration on Dec. 3 to call for Park’s immediate resignation was a veritable tsunami of rage. The organizers estimated a historic high of 2.32 million people (in person-hours) lifting candles in over 100 sites around South Korea. It was the most ever - some 400,000 more than at last week’s nationwide “focused action” demonstrations.
“Resign, Park Geun-hye.”
“We can’t take any more.”
“A honorable resignation? No way.”
“Arrest Park Geun-hye.”
Citizens march toward the Blue House from Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, calling on President Park Geun-hye to resign, during the sixth weekend demonstration, Dec. 3. (by Kim Tae-hyeong, staff photographer)
What finally enflamed the silent populace once again was Park’s sneaky third address to the public over the Choi Sun-sil scandal, and the bumbling response from politicians.
“Throughout the demonstrations, the Blue House kept saying it would ‘take the public’s wishes seriously’ - and it was all lies,” said Lee Seong-gwon, a 44-year-old businessman from Seoul’s Jangan neighborhood who attended for the first time on Dec. 3 with his children. “With the third address [on Nov. 29], I thought, ‘Maybe this time,’ but instead she just maintained her own innocence and put responsibility for everything on the National Assembly. Whatever hopes I might have had are gone now. There’s no choice - the people have to bring her down. I came to offer what little support I could.”
The historic demonstrations that day were a surprise. Some had predicted a smaller turnout than on Nov. 26, when a “general assembly” was attempted at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul.
“Last week, I thought the public had made its feelings felt with the candles, but then President Park made her third address to the public where she basically refused to step down voluntarily,” said one of the organizers. “I think that’s what brought more people into the streets.”
Demonstrators hold torches in front of Gwanghwamun Gate as they march to the Blue House in central Seoul, Dec. 3. There were 416 torches, symbolizing the date of the Sewol ferry sinking (Apr. 16, 2014)
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