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100 days on, thousands mourn S. Korean ferry victims

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:45 PM
 
People attend a rally for victims of the Sewol ferry in central Seoul on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Thousands of people rallied in Seoul on Thursday, 100 days after South Korea's ferry disaster, to push for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives, most of them students. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - Thousands of people rallied in Seoul on Thursday, 100 days after South Korea's ferry disaster, to push for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives, most of them students.

The crowd included 600 family members of the victims and their supporters who had walked for two days from Ansan City, south of Seoul, carrying banners with slogans like: "How can you forget?".

Of the 476 people on board the Sewol passenger ferry when it sank on April 16, 325 were students from Danwon High School in Danwon. Only 75 were rescued.

"We want parliament to pass a special law guaranteeing a thorough investigation into the sinking," a leader of the families' group told journalists.

 
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