President Park Geun-hye faces mounting calls to step down as a record number of people at a massive rally criticize her as unfit to rule over allegations she allowed a friend to meddle in state affairs and wield influence. Roselle Chen reports.
It's the third weekend of protests against South Korean president Park Guen-hye, but THIS one was massive. 260,000 people by police estimates -- hundreds of thousands more according to organizers -- as Park, whose approval rating is just 5 percent, faces mounting pressure to step down. They're angry over allegations the 64-year-old has allowed a close confidante she's known since the 1970's to meddle in state affairs. Choi Soon-sil is considered by some here the most powerful person in South Korea. She's long suspected of exerting control over Park's policy direction and the hiring of senior government officials, but Park's apology last month that she had indeed sought advice from Choi only fueled public anger. Saturday's march was peaceful -- in contrast to previous demonstrations dominated by militant unions and civic groups that clashed with police. This time, protesters included students, families, and couples pushing baby strollers. The main opposition says the rally suggests growing support in parliament to remove Park from power, but there's been no formal move yet to launch impeachment proceedings.