Security tightened around ex-president Park’s new home on eve of return to hometown

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DAEGU, March 23 (Yonhap) — Security around former President Park Geun-hye’s new residence was tightened on Wednesday as supporters prepared to greet her on the eve of her arrival.

Park stayed in a Seoul hospital for treatment even after she was released on a presidential pardon in December. She plans to leave the hospital on Thursday and move into the city residence, 302 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Local police and the Presidential Security Service were busy preparing for Park’s arrival, establishing a security perimeter around the residence in Dalseong County, southwest Daegu. A traffic control barrier has been newly placed 10 meters from the entrance to the house.

The number of security personnel around his home was also increased to around 10 from the previous one or two until Tuesday. Three police buses and two patrol cars were also mobilized near the home.

Dozens of benevolent wreaths lined the street leading to Park’s house.

A dozen seemingly conservative YouTube channel operators were also seen filming around the residence.

“I came here today expecting tomorrow to be too chaotic to come,” said a local park supporter in his 60s. “I cry every time I think of the problems former President Park went through. I hope she can now rest comfortably in her hometown,” the person added.

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