Seoul mayor’s funeral draws outcry amid sexual harassment allegations | DW News

published on July 13, 2020

A farewell that has brought both grief and anger Park won-soon state-funded funeral has split public opinion in Seoul plans for a large outdoor memorial were scrapped in favor of a quieter service where mourners could join online to some park was a respected politician

And women's rights advocate well I am devastated heartbroken and in shock but above all the fact that we lost a reliable politician saddens me the most but to others Park was a predator his

Former secretary has accused him of abusing her for four years her lawyer spoke to reporters after the funeral he sexually harassed the victim by kissing her bruised knee saying that he would make it better by requesting a

Hug and making physical contact after calling the victim into his office bedroom by inviting the victim into a private chat room on telegram and by sending lewd text messages and pictures of him wearing only underwear officials

Have been tight-lipped about the allegations and complaint filed against Park activists are calling for the investigation to go ahead despite his death for more on that let's cross to Seoul and our correspondent Frank Smith

Frank why is this funeral so controversial well it's going to be a five-day funeral a five-day memorial service for the former deceased mayor now there is that online petition that you mentioned also another conservative

Group tried to have an injunction put in place to prevent this five-day funeral from taking place it's a Seoul City and the petition suggested and conservatives have suggested that it would be more appropriate given the

Nature of his death and the allegations against him that there be a much more subdued three-day sort of family funeral instead so what about the man himself tell us more about Park won-soon well he's a former human rights lawyer he

Actually represented women that were trying to sue the Japanese government for reparations for being enslaved sexually during the Japanese colonial period here in South Korea he's also was was head of South Korea's

Largest NGO for for several years and let's remember he's a three-term mayor he was re-elected twice and he's also been put forward as a strong candidate for the presidency of South Korea there'll be a presidential election in

2022 so what does this controversy around him and his death tell us about South Korea today well if we assume that the charges or allegations against him have some substance it's questionable whether South Korea has really come that

Far the busan the mayor of busan resigned earlier this year amid sexual assault allegations a governor in South Korea a year and a half ago was given a three and a half year sentence for rape and sexual assault as of his former

Secretary and the big news today though was this afternoon when representatives of the former secretary and came forward and said that they wanted to see you know her protected by the law and she initially wanted to see an apology from

The mayor and it even expressed some remorse she had allegedly been abused by the mayor in this way with messages and inappropriate contact for something like four years and she also called for a probe and some countermeasures so that

This doesn't continue to happen in South Korea respondent Frank Smith in Seoul thank you Frank you

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