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South Korea ferry disaster: Surviving children march to pursue full inquiry

Published on Jul 15, 2014 7:47 PM
 
A boy holds a box containing signatures of South Koreans petitioning for the enactment of a special law after the mid-April Sewol ferry disaster, at Yeouido Park in Seoul on July 15, 2014. Teenage survivors of South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 20 years, many wearing yellow bracelets, walked out of classrooms on Tuesday and marched on Parliament to demand enabling legislation for a inquiry into the more than 300 deaths. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - Teenage survivors of South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 20 years, many wearing yellow bracelets, walked out of classrooms on Tuesday and marched on Parliament to demand enabling legislation for a inquiry into the more than 300 deaths.

More than half of the 75 children rescued from the ferry Sewol that capsized and sank on April 16 joined growing public calls for Parliament to pass a special Bill for an independent inquiry sought by victims' families. More than 3.5 million signatures have been collected to demand its passage.

"The entire nation saw it on April 16. We ask that the truth behind the unfair deaths our friends suffered be told," said a bespectacled boy taking part, who asked not to be identified. "We don't know much about the law, but if we don't do this there is nothing we can do, so we ask that our wish is met."

Of the 476 passengers and crew, 339 were children and teachers from Danwon Highschool on the outskirts of Seoul. Only 172 people were rescued and the rest are presumed to have drowned.

 
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