Jailed South Korean leader draws small but growing protests

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye is seated during the opening ceremony of the G-20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China. In a historic ruling Friday, March 10, 2017, South Korea’s Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged […]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A small but growing army of often elderly men and women regularly swing South Korean banners and scream outrage at the jailing of a woman they consider their spiritual mother: disgraced former President Park Geun-hye.

Pro-Park demonstrations remain tiny relative to earlier protests in which millions demanded her removal from office for South Korea’s biggest corruption scandal in decades. Her supporters refuse to accept the possibility that Park may not be the selfless daughter of South Korea she has always portrayed herself to be.

Thousands of her supporters marched in Seoul this weekend, demanding Park’s release and urging a “dying” South Korea to “wake up.”

The intensity of the protests may rise soon. Park could receive a lengthy prison term in a trial expected to reach a verdict in mid-October.

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