Thousands Mourn Seoul Mayor

      July 13, 2020 12:34

      Monday's funeral of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was broadcast online to limit attendance in person over fears of protests and coronavirus.

      Monjoo Party lawmaker Park Hong-keun, the head of an organizing committee, told reporters on Sunday, "We will hold the funeral online to ensure social distancing."

      The funeral started at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall in Seoul on Monday after Park's hearse was moved from Seoul National University Hospital.

      A portrait of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon is moved to a park after a funeral at City Hall in the capital on Monday. /Newsis

      The Seoul Metropolitan Government originally planned an outdoor memorial service but decided against because the sexual harassment charges against Park are likely to spark protests and coronavirus could spread among dense crowds.

      Around 100 mourners including city officials and other government officials attended in person.

      His ashes will be laid to rest in his home town of Changnyeong, South Gyeongsang Province.

      People line up to pay tribute to Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at City Hall in Seoul on Sunday. /Newsis

      Earlier some 20,382 people paid their last respects at a memorial altar set up downtown, while another million people left messages online.

      There were clashes near the altar between supporters and opponents of the late mayor, who killed himself last week. An injunction filed by 227 people opposed to an official funeral run by the city government was rejected by a court on Sunday. The judge said the claimants had no standing.

      Opponents accuse the city of whitewashing Park's offenses. More than 550,000 people have also signed a petition on the Cheong Wa Dae website against an official funeral.

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