The 42nd candlelight rally and demonstration took place in Seoul on June 3 to demand the resignation of traitor Yoon Suk Yeol.
Taking part in the candlelight rally held on the theme of "Resignation of Yoon Suk Yeol brings peace" were tens of thousands of people from all walks of life including workers, farmers, university students and other citizens.
The participants in the rally held large flags bearing "Let's gather for candlelight action", "Goodbye to Yoon Suk Yeol" and "Down with Yoon Suk Yeol". They shouted such slogans as "Yoon Suk Yeol is a disaster, let's drive out Yoon Suk Yeol!", "Yoon Suk Yeol suppresses workers by force, let's drive out Yoon Suk Yeol!" and "Resignation of Yoon Suk Yeol brings peace, let's drive out Yoon Suk Yeol!"
Speakers said that a dangerous situation in which a war may break out on the Korean peninsula has been created due to traitor Yoon Suk Yeol's crazy confrontation.
They denounced traitor Yoon Suk Yeol for staging unprecedentedly large-scale military exercises with the US in Phochon, an area along the Military Demarcation Line, advertising it as a "firepower annihilation drill".
They condemned the traitor for openly conducting the war exercises targeting the compatriots in the north by inviting a warship of the Japanese "Self-Defense Forces", not content with supporting Japan's intention to pour the nuclear waste water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the mouths of the people.
They deplored that the south Korean people would meet a sudden calamity due to Yoon blindly following outsiders, indifferent to peace on this land and the safety and life of the people.
They stressed that traitor Yoon is working hard to evade the ruling crisis by intensifying suppression under the pretense of security and escalating tensions through war drills, but it will only precipitate his ruin.
If a war breaks out on this land, Yoon is entirely accountable for it, they noted.
They said that campaigns calling for resignation of Yoon have been launched in different parts and even fishermen have joined the campaigns, adding that resignation of Yoon Suk Yeol is a trend of the times.
They called for restoring the trampled sovereignty by dint of one million and ten million candle lights and handing peace down to posterity.
Demonstrators, holding large placards reading "War is imminent! Stop the firepower annihilation drill!", "Let's impeach Yoon for obliterating agriculture!", "Let's impeach Yoon for his prosecution-based dictatorship!", "Resignation of Yoon Suk Yeol!" and "Resignation brings peace", shouted "Self-Defense Forces are flocking to Korea", "We oppose military alliance with the US and Japan!", "Let's oust Yoon shielding Japan's interests and selling the lives of people!" and "Let's thwart the suppression of trade unions and candlelight demonstrators committed under the pretext of public security!"
Earlier, the "labour, civil society and religious organizations' joint action for martyr Yang Hoe Dong", the construction trade union of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, the public transport trade union and other public organizations held a rally in protest against Yoon's traitorous deeds and murderous misrule.
Speakers there accused the Yoon group of intensifying the suppression of the trade unions by mobilizing police, terming "illegal" even a rally of trade unions demanding the provision of the right to existence.
The suppression by the Yoon regime going beyond the tolerance limit is just a declaration of war against trade unions, which signals the revival of the erstwhile fascist dictatorship, they said.
Expressing their will to stage to the end their anti-"government" struggle to frustrate the rash acts of the Yoon-led group, they chanted such slogans as "Stop the suppression of construction trade union!", "Halt the police violence suppressing workers!", "Yoon, apologize to martyr Yang Hoe Dong and the bereaved family!"
Recalling that a huge crowd of people took to the streets despite the scorching weather of early summer to shout for ousting Yoon, south Korean media said that there were many citizens who could not enter the overcrowded pretest ground. Candlelight demonstrators accused Yoon of inviting thrice-cursed disaster and plunging the people's living into destitution, calling for ousting war maniac Yoon, they added.