South Korea ferry disaster: Officials feel heat of tragedy
Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:44 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - In the hothouse atmosphere of anger and grief triggered by South Korea's ferry tragedy, the slightest misstep or ill-timed remark by any official can carry career-ending consequences.
The heavy death toll, and the fact that so many of those who died were children, have fuelled a desire for retribution that has taken on a distinctly anti-establishment flavour.
Aside from obvious targets like the captain and crew and the ferry owners, public anger has been directed at pretty much anyone in a position of power or influence.
There is a general consensus that the ferry sinking has pulled back the covers of the country's great economic success story and revealed a corrupt, incompetent body politic which allows such disasters to happen.
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