Seoul, South Korea — The President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye this morning announced his resignation as President of the country after submitting her resignation letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun following massive protest by thousands of South Koreans.
Massive protests roiled Seoul for the second consecutive weekend as hundreds of thousands of angry South Koreans took to the streets Saturday calling for President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.
The march, which included families with young children, students — some in school uniforms — and union members, came as opposition to Park mounts following her unprecedented admission that she shared classified information with someone who lacked the necessary security clearance.
It was one of the biggest anti-government protests the country has seen in decades.
Four officers were injured during the demonstrations, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, which cited police. Twenty-six protesters were taken to hospital with injuries and a further 29 were treated at the scene of the protests, Yonhap quoted the Fire Department as saying.
It is unclear how the police and protesters were injured.
The President has already apologized twice, but that has done little to quell the rage of many South Koreans who say they feel betrayed. Indeed, some protesters are saying the marches won’t stop until she resigns.
Media and opposition parties have accused Choi of using her relationship with Park to accumulate millions of dollars in donations to her foundations.
Prosecutors arrested Choi on charges of abuse of power and attempted fraud.
Two of Park’s former aides have also been arrested, according to Yonhap.
A former presidential secretary, An Chong-bum, 57, was arrested on suspicion of abuse of authority and attempted coercion, the outlet reported.
The court issued a warrant to arrest Jeong Ho-seong, the former secretary for private presidential affairs, over allegations of handing over state documents to Choi.
Last weekend, tens of thousands of protesters called for Park to step down, in the process blocking a 16-lane highway in the capital.
Leaders at last weekend’s protests gave speeches between musical performances.
“This sort of corruption happened during her father’s time, but 40 years later, things like this are met with resistance from the public,” one protester told CNN.
Another, holding a candle and with her child beside her, said: “I brought my child so that she could witness democracy in action and also to show her this dark time in our history.”
Park is South Korea’s first female president. She’s also the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the country’s president from 1961 to 1979, who was assassinated by his own intelligence chief.
The late Park is hailed by some as the mastermind behind the country’s current prosperity but criticized by others as a dictator who violated human rights and crushed dissent.