Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered in Seoul on Saturday, August 15, to denounce controversial government policies, including a real estate market policy, and alleged sex scandals within the government. Protests against President Moon Jae-in coincided with South Korea's National Liberation Day, celebrating 75 years of independence from Japan. Demonstrations have so far remained peaceful, and no clashes or arrests have been reported.
Further demonstrations and associated localized travel disruptions are to be expected in the capital on Saturday. Although the rallies are expected to pass peacefully, clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. A heightened security presence should be anticipated also.
Those in Seoul are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid all demonstrations or large gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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