Funeral Mayor Seoul Park Won-soon Continues Despite Objections
The funeral service for Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul, who probably committed suicide after being charged with sexual harassment, continued Monday.
Despite a petition against the city-led ceremony signed by half a million people.
Former human rights lawyer Park was a heavyweight in the ruling Democratic Party, running South Korea’s capital for nearly a decade.
He was found dead on a mountain on Friday, a day after a former employee filed a complaint against him, allegedly about sexual harassment.
Despite the controversy surrounding his death, the city of Seoul organized a five-day funeral for Park – two days longer than the standard Korean ritual, which begins on the day of death – and set up a memorial altar outside City Hall.
During the mourning period, more than 20,000 people came to pay their respects, and during the service on Monday, his daughter said, “I felt the joy of my father when I met the citizens one by one.”
But an online petition on the official website against the ceremony raised more than 500,000 signatures.
“Should the public attend the beautiful five-day funeral of a powerful politician who committed suicide on charges of sexual harassment?” The petition said.