Magazine article Screen International

Korean Delegation Cancels Black Nights Visit Due to Political Unrest

Magazine article Screen International

Korean Delegation Cancels Black Nights Visit Due to Political Unrest

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A South Korean delegation led by Seoul mayor Won-soon Park [pictured] has cancelled a planned visit to this week's Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival due to ongoing political unrest in Korea.

A letter sent to the festival by the Seoul Metropolitan Government describes a "political scandal that has plagued the nation" and explains that the "country and its people are at a loss and deeply troubled" by recent political events.

The decision to cancel the trip was taken by the mayor "to calm our citizens, to keep himself closely informed of the ongoing situation and to ensure business continuity as usual in a turbulent time", the letter explains.

South Korea has faced a turbulent year with incumbent president Geun-hye Park embroiled in a scandal involving allegations of corruption which have prompted protests and widespread calls for her resignation. …

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