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South Korea’s ‘La Marseillaise’ Offers Park First Post-Vote Test

  • Opposition parties threaten non-cooperation over song’s status
  • Pro-democracy anthem symbolizes a bloody uprising in 1980

South Korean President Park Geun Hye is facing her first major political challenge since being denied a parliamentary majority last month, with the opposition threatening to block her political agenda over a song.

The flap is over who should sing a pro-democracy anthem symbolizing a bloody 1980 uprising at a ceremony Wednesday to mark the 36th anniversary of the event. The two main opposition parties, which together won a majority of seats in elections last month, demanded that everyone at the ceremony, not just a designated choir, sing “March for the Beloved.