At least two South Korean protesters died on Friday at a street rally staged by ousted President Park Geun-hye’s supporters, Reuters reported, citing local police.
Many of Park’s backers were elderly or middle aged, and two people received first-aid emergency procedures.
Earlier in the day, both supporters and critics of Park gathered outside the Constitutional Court compound, where around 20,000 police officers stood in anticipation of potential violent clashes.
In reaction to Friday’s historic ruling that removed the South Korean leader from office, loud cheers erupted from the anti-Park group following the Court’s televised decision, while Park’s supporters began expressing their anger.
Many were heard singing the national anthem, and saying the president should have been protected from the impeachment ruling. Several individuals also broke through police cordons, clambered on cars and buses that had been parked as a barrier, then used ladders to get from one bus to another. Some were carried away from the scene, with little resistance.
The national police agency had raised their alert level to the highest ahead of Friday’s ruling amid elevated public anger towards the embattled head of state. Since news of the scandal broke in October, mass street demonstrations have rocked Asia’s fourth-largest economy.