Hundreds of thousands of people have rallied in Seoul for a fifth straight week of protests against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratise South Korea.
Ms Park’s presidency has been rocked by allegations that a close friend used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence.
Prosecutors have indicted her friend, Choi Soon-sil, and are seeking to question the President about her role in the scandal.
Organisers said 800,000 people had gathered early on Saturday evening and expected a total of 1.5 million people to join by the end of the night.
Police declined to give an estimate of the crowd size but said 25,000 personnel had been dispatched to police the protest.
The protests have remained peaceful, and were marked by huge candle-lit rallies where activists and rock bands have entertained a diverse crowd of students, office workers, and young families.
Opposition seeks impeachment motion
The country’s largest opposition party said it would seek to propose an impeachment motion for vote as early as Friday and no later than December 9.
Some members of Ms Park’s conservative party have vowed to support the impeachment attempt.
Choi and a former aide to Ms Park have been indicted on charges of colluding with the Presidentto pressure big business to contribute funds to two foundations controlled by Choi.
Ms Park, whose five-year term ends in February 2018, has apologised twice over the affair, but is resisting calls to resign.
Her approval ratings slipped one percentage point on Friday, after hovering at just 5 per cent for three consecutive weeks.
Her disapproval rating rose three percentage points to 93 per cent, according to a poll by Gallup Korea, which is not affiliated with the US-based Gallup, Inc.