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S. Korean Police Say Man Burns Late Dictator's Home

The fire comes as Park Geun-hye faces a push in parliament to impeach her

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    A protester wearing a mask of South Korean President Park Geun-hye performs during a rally calling for Park to step down in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. South Korean President Park Geun-hye's conditional resignation offer appears to be causing cracks in what previously had been a strong push for her impeachment, with opponents now struggling to set a date for a vote to strip her of power.

    South Korean police say they have detained a man suspected of setting fire to the birthplace of late military dictator Park Chung-hee, the father of current President Park Geun-hye. 

    The fire Thursday happened in the southern city of Gumi. It comes as Park Geun-hye faces a push in parliament to impeach her over allegations that she allowed a confidante to pull government strings and extort businesses. 

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    Millions of people have protested against Park over the last month. 

    Police in Gumi say that at least one of the buildings at the home, which is now a tourist site, was seriously damaged. 

    South Korea's Yonhap news agency says that the hall that houses an altar of the senior Park and his late wife was completely burned down.