Photos: Thousands rally against South Korean leadership amid Covid-19

Thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Seoul on August 15 against new anti-coronavirus measures and demanding that South Korean president Moon Jae-in steps down. Protesters came on to the streets ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections. South Korea reported a record 166 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease on August 15 prompting authorities to shut down high-risk gatherings for a period of two weeks. The protest also coincided with the 75th anniversary of South Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II.

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Protesters gathered during an anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. Thousands of protesters, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, marched through the soggy streets of South Korea’s capital, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections. (Ahn Young-joon / AP)

Protesters gathered during an anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. Thousands of protesters, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, marched through the soggy streets of South Korea’s capital, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections. (Ahn Young-joon / AP)

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South Korean police officers wearing face masks walk towards protesters in Seoul on August 15. About 6,000 officers were deployed to closely follow the protesters in streets near Seoul’s presidential palace, AP reported. (Lee Jin-man / AP)

South Korean police officers wearing face masks walk towards protesters in Seoul on August 15. About 6,000 officers were deployed to closely follow the protesters in streets near Seoul’s presidential palace, AP reported. (Lee Jin-man / AP)

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A protester plays a tuba during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The protests came as the government moved to impose stronger social distancing restrictions in the city and nearby towns following a spike in coronavirus infections. (Ed Jones / AFP)

A protester plays a tuba during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The protests came as the government moved to impose stronger social distancing restrictions in the city and nearby towns following a spike in coronavirus infections. (Ed Jones / AFP)

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul on August 15. Municipal officials in Seoul had sought to prevent the slew of rallies planned by conservative activists and Christian groups for a holiday celebrating the 75th anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II. (Chung Sung-Jun / AFP)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul on August 15. Municipal officials in Seoul had sought to prevent the slew of rallies planned by conservative activists and Christian groups for a holiday celebrating the 75th anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II. (Chung Sung-Jun / AFP)

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Anti-government protesters wave flags and raise slogans in Seoul on August 15. After a court allowed some protesters to go on, many of them paraded through rain near Seoul’s presidential palace, calling for President Moon Jae-in to step down over what they see as kowtowing to North Korea, policy failures, corruption and election fraud, AP reported. (Ed Jones / AFP)

Anti-government protesters wave flags and raise slogans in Seoul on August 15. After a court allowed some protesters to go on, many of them paraded through rain near Seoul’s presidential palace, calling for President Moon Jae-in to step down over what they see as kowtowing to North Korea, policy failures, corruption and election fraud, AP reported. (Ed Jones / AFP)

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An aerial view of protesters marching during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. Some marchers came from a church in northern Seoul that was shut down after it was linked to dozens of Covid-19 infections. (AP / PTI)

An aerial view of protesters marching during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. Some marchers came from a church in northern Seoul that was shut down after it was linked to dozens of Covid-19 infections. (AP / PTI)

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A woman weeps during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The two-week measures starting August 16 will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in neighbouring Gyeonggi Province to shut down high-risk facilities such as nightclubs, karaoke rooms, movie theatres and buffet restaurants if they fail to enforce proper measures. (Ed Jones / AFP)

A woman weeps during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The two-week measures starting August 16 will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in neighbouring Gyeonggi Province to shut down high-risk facilities such as nightclubs, karaoke rooms, movie theatres and buffet restaurants if they fail to enforce proper measures. (Ed Jones / AFP)

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Protesters gathered during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The 166 new Covid-19 infections reported in the country on August 15 are South Korea’s highest daily jump in five months, AP reported. (Ed Jones / AFP)

Protesters gathered during the anti-government protest in Seoul on August 15. The 166 new Covid-19 infections reported in the country on August 15 are South Korea’s highest daily jump in five months, AP reported. (Ed Jones / AFP)

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