Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Seoul (South Korea), Rallies August 26

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul informs U.S. citizens that a pro-former President Park group is planning to stage a large-scale rally in Seoul on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Supporters plan to rally at Hyehwa Station (near SNU Hospital). The rally is scheduled to commence at 3:20 p.m. and to conclude at 7:00 p.m. Korean authorities are anticipating approximately 4,000 supporters. Between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., supporters will march to the Hyundai Art Gallery. Police authorities will close a single lane of traffic to facilitate the march.

Another rally will also take place in Seoul on the same day:

A second pro-former President Park group is planning to stage a rally at Deoksu Palace (across from Seoul City Hall Plaza). The rally is scheduled to commence at 5:00 p.m. and to conclude at 7:00 p.m. Korean authorities are anticipating approximately 500 supporters. During the rally, supporters will march to Gwanghwamun Plaza then return to Deoksu Palace. Police authorities will close a single lane of traffic to facilitate the march.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council