Students to Protest Against Justice Minister Nominee

      August 23, 2019 13:09

      University students are holding candlelight demonstrations on Friday to protest against nepotism allegations surrounding President Moon Jae-in's justice-minister nominee Cho Kuk.

      Students at Seoul National University, where Cho taught law, plan to start their rally at 8:30 p.m. Organizers said students are angered by the revelations and want to "make themselves heard."

      More than 1,000 students have expressed their support online, with hundreds asking how they could support the organizers.

      Justice Minister nominee Cho Kuk (center) bows as he arrives at his temporary office in Seoul on Friday to prepare for his parliamentary confirmation hearing. /Yonhap

      Korea University, the alma mater of Cho's 28-year-old daughter, will hold a similar protest at 6 p.m. University alumni have compared Cho's daughter to Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of ousted president Park Geun-hye's toxic confidante Choi Soon-sil, who was also at the center of a nepotism scandal.

      Organizers want university administrators to reveal the records of how Cho’s daughter gained admission to the prestigious university. Alumni of Pusan National University’s medical school, where she is currently taking a graduate course, are also demanding to know how she was able to gain a scholarship for three years despite flunking twice.

      A group representing the parents of students in a statement on Thursday urged Cho to give up his ambitions voluntarily and expressed "heart-wrenching anger" at the latest revelations.

      Cho faces snowballing allegations that he wrangled preferential treatment for both his children as well as charges over murky investments.

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