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SKorean supporters of arrested ex-president protest in Seoul

  • Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye hold national flags during a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Thousands of supporters of arrested former President Park gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to call for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye hold national flags during a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Thousands of supporters of arrested former President Park gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to call for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye hold a banner with pictures of Park and national flags before a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Thousands of supporters of arrested former President Park gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to call for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye hold a banner with pictures of Park and national flags before a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Thousands of supporters of arrested former President Park gather in South Korea's capital on Saturday to call for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye shout slogans as they carry a huge national flag during a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Supporters of arrested former President Park rallied in South Korea's capital Saturday for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Supporters of former President Park Geun-hye shout slogans as they carry a huge national flag during a rally at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. Supporters of arrested former President Park rallied in South Korea's capital Saturday for her release. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

Supporters of arrested former President Park Geun-hye have begun rallying in South Korea's capital for her release.

Thousands were expected at Saturday's protest near Seoul's City Hall, and more than 10,000 officers were being deployed amid concerns of clashes.

Opponents and supporters of Park have filled the capital's streets with passionate rallies in recent months, reflecting the country's deep divide.

Park was jailed Friday over allegations that she colluded with a confidante to extort money from businesses, take bribes and allow the friend to unlawfully interfere with state affairs.

The Constitutional Court ruled March 10 to remove her from office after she was impeached in December.