Published:  12:00 AM, 09 January 2017

S Korean monk sets fire on himself

S Korean monk sets fire on himself Protesters carried portraits of S Korea's impeached President Park Geun-Hye during a protest in Seoul, yesterday. -AFP

A South Korean Buddhist monk is in critical condition after setting himself on fire during a mass protest against the impeached President Park Geun-Hye, officials said Sunday. The monk, in his 60s and whose name was not released, set himself alight late Saturday night in central Seoul where hundreds of thousands returned to the streets for the eleventh week to demand Park's ouster. He left a note urging authorities to arrest the scandal-hit president for committing treason, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Park was impeached by parliament last month over an influence-peddling scandal that sparked a storm of public fury and nationwide protests, and the Constitutional Court now has to decide whether to confirm the impeachment. The monk also slammed Park as a traitor for forging a deal with Japan to settle compensation for women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during the World War II, according to Yonhap. - AFP, Seoul

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