There have been mass protests across South Korea calling for the President, Park Geun-hye, to resign after it was revealed that she is secretly under the control of a mysterious childhood friend.
The Svengali figure, Choi Soon-sil, has no official Government position and just so happens to be the daughter of a shamanic religeous cult leader who himself just so happens to have been close to the President’s father, Park Chung-hee, when he was dictator of South Korea in the 70’s.
The Parks are a Korean dynasty like the Bushes in America. And the Choi family have been with them every step of the way, a bit like the Rothschilds or the Bin Ladens.
It has always been known that families are close, however, the extent of Choi’s involvement in the President’s affairs has shocked even the most cynical Koreans. As revelations of Choi’s seemingly “Rasputineque” hold over the President keep coming out, more and more people are standing up and saying enough is enough.
Some of the allegations, though bizarre, are fairly innocent, such as reports that Choi performs spells to bring Park success or acts as a medium between the President and her dead father. Others though are more disturbing, such as the report that Park sent speeches to be secretly checked and edited by Choi. The most shocking in my opinion though is the claim that Choi persuaded the President to encourage wealthy philanthropists to pump money into spurious foundations she ran. Choi then embezzled the money and used it to support her own lavish lifestyle.
The scenes of protest in the Capital, Seoul are reminiscent of those in Brazil earlier this year, and the way the story has unfolded parallels Hillary Clinton’s email scandal too, as the LA Times suggests. Park has made numerous public apologies and fired loads of random people around her in order to alleviate public anger, but calls for her resignation continue to grow.
I hope the Korean people do manage to bring their President to justice, but if they don’t at least they console themselves with the fact that Kim Jong-un isn’t their leader.