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Tens of thousands of protesters demand resignation from South Korean president

Embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced at least 40,000 angry protesters demanding her resignation in Seoul on Saturday. Park is accused of giving an old friend, Choi Soon-sil, undue influence in state affairs.

Choi is the daughter of a cult leader and is charged with wielding a Rasputin-like influence over Park's government and South Korean society more generally, with some rumors even suggesting she controls the careers of K-pop stars. Choi has been arrested, and Park has apologized but has not offered to step down.