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Conservatives rally against Park impeachment trial

All Headlines 17:34 February 11, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- Conservative groups held a protest in downtown Seoul on Saturday, calling for the Constitutional Court to reject President Park Geun-hye's impeachment and dissolve the special prosecutor team investigating the presidential scandal.

Park's supporters, marked by their waving of the Korean flag, occupied the streets outside of Seoul City Hall from 2 p.m. and staged their 12th rally.

Hundreds of President Park Geun-hye gather in front of the Seoul city hall, calling for the Constitutional Court to reject the president's impeachment trial. (Yonhap)

Many protesters, wearing thick parkas and gloves to fight off the cold, waved the Korean and U.S. flags, chanting slogans such as "nullify the impeachment," "break up the parliament" and "dissolve the special prosecutor team."

"The candlelight vigil has become a political, party-oriented, Democratic Party event," Chung Kwang-young, a member of "Parksamo," a fan club of the president that had staunchly supported Park and other conservative groups.

Rep. Cho Won-jin of the ruling Saenuri Party attended the rally and threw in his support.

"If President Park falls, so will the country's security," Cho said in a rally speech.

The organizers claimed that around 2.1 million people gathered but that number cannot be independently verified.

Park's critics were also preparing a mass rally in Seoul to demand her immediate resignation over a corruption scandal centered on the president's long-time confidante Choi Soon-sil.

Park was impeached by parliament in December over the corruption scandal involving Choi.

The top court may make its ruling to determine whether to unseat or reinstate the president before March 13 when another justice retires and creates another vacancy on the already short-handed bench.

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