United States Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:
Rallies in Seoul Planned for September 2, 2017
A pro-former President Park group is planning to stage a large-scale rally in Seoul on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Supporters plan to rally at Hyehwa Station (near SNU Hospital). The rally is scheduled to commence at 3:00 p.m. and to conclude at 7:00 p.m. Korean authorities are anticipating approximately 3,000 supporters. Between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., supporters will march to the Hyundai Art Gallery. Police authorities will close all traffic lanes to facilitate the march.
A second pro-former President Park group is also planning to stage a rally on September 2 at Deoksu Palace (across from Seoul City Hall Plaza). The rally is scheduled to commence at 5:30 p.m. and to conclude at 7:00 p.m. Korean authorities are anticipating approximately 400 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.
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