Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Seoul on Saturday for the fifth consecutive weekend of protests calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Protestors wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas braved sleet and freezing temperatures with demands Park resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment.
By the evening, organizers counted 1.3 million people in the march, which included parents and their children, university students and Buddhist monks. Police reported 260,000 participants.
Police stationed 25,000 officers across the city and blocked roads leading to the presidential Blue House.  
Protest leaders expect a further 500,000 people to take to the streets in provincial cities.
“I don’t think Park would step down voluntarily, but we need to raise our voice as much as possible to encourage parliament to push through with its move to impeach her,” Lee Seung-Cheol, a 23-year-old student, told the AFP news agency.
People handed out food, placards and leaflets to the festive gathering. Street …