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Police raid office of civic group supporting Park over violent rally

All News 14:39 April 13, 2017

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- Police on Thursday raided a conservative civic group over a violent street rally against the Constitutional Court's decision to unseat former President Park Geun-hye last month, they said.

The Jongno Police Station in Seoul said they confiscated materials related to the March 10 demonstration from the office of the pro-Park group in southern Seoul. The group was formed to campaign against Park's impeachment over a massive corruption scandal involving her close friend and aides.

Some participants in the rally used makeshift weapons against police who barred them from approaching the court. Three people died after they were injured or collapsed in the process.

Police on Wednesday questioned Chung Kwang-yong, the group's spokesman, for some 14 hours over allegations of organizing the violent demonstration.

Chung said police are responsible for the casualties, claiming they used excessive force against the enraged crowd.

In this photo taken on March 10, 2017, protesters supporting ousted President Park Geun-hye attempt to march towards the Constitutional Court in Seoul after it upheld Park's impeachment. (Yonhap)

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