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South Koreans Plan Another March Against Conservative President

South Koreans Plan Another March Against Conservative President

In this November 14, 2015, photo, protesters are sprayed with water by riot police as they try to march to the the Presidential House after a rally against government policy in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)

SEOUL:  Hundreds of South Koreans plan to stage another march in Seoul against conservative President Park Geun-hye, whose increasingly harsh treatment of unions and dissenters has critics comparing her with her late dictator father.

The rally on Saturday will be the latest in a series of mass protests against the government in recent weeks, although police say they expect the turnout to be smaller than previous gatherings. A huge demonstration on November 14 left dozens hurt after police clashed with protesters.

The demonstrators are upset at Park’s conservative labor, trade and education policies and also what they see as her attacks on personal and political freedoms. Analysts say widespread frustrations among young people over joblessness and inequality are also fueling anger behind the protests.