A man drove an excavator into the South Korean prosecutor's office in Seoul to protest the woman at the center of a political scandal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A 45-year-old man crashed an excavator into the South Korean prosecutors' office on Tuesday (November 1) to protest the woman at the center of an influence-peddling scandal gripping the country's highest office. The heavy vehicle smashed the gate and building of the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in Seoul at around 0820 a.m. (2320GMT, OCTOBER 31) and injured a security guard, police said. The driver was arrested on site, police said. The woman he was protesting against, Choi Soon-sil, was arrested on allegations she used her friendship with President Park Geun-hye to influence state affairs by gaining access to classified documents and benefited personally through non-profit foundations, officials said. Choi was detained late on Monday (October 31), a prosecution official said, hours after she had arrived at the office of local prosecutors to answer questions. Park is in the fourth year of a five-year term and the crisis threatens to complicate policymaking during the lame-duck period that typically sets in toward the end of South Korea's single-term presidency.