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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.

Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry gesture to vice police chief Choi Sang Han (centre) after they forcibly removed him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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