Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans packed the streets of Seoul on Friday for the funeral of former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Roh, who served between 2003 and 2008, committed suicide last Saturday, where polic say he jumped from a hill behind his home. His death came amid an investigation into a bribery scandal that had tarnished his reputation.
About 150,000 people had gathered to watch Roh's funeral procession, according to Reuters. The report noted supporters tied thousands of balloons to police barriers along a route, waving placards which read: â€œToday condolences, tomorrow anger.â€
Following the official ceremony, Roh's body was taken to Seoulâ€™s city hall, where large crowds gathered to mourn.
Roh understood the difficulties of normal people,â€ a person walking by Rohâ€™s memorial site said, according to CNN. â€œWe feel he acted like a shield for people with no power. He was the people's president.
Prime Minister Han Seung-soo said in a eulogy at the official funeral that Roh was a man of the people, Reuters reported.