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Student survivors of South Korea ferry disaster march on parliament

Published on Jul 16, 2014 1:24 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - More than 30 student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster marched on parliament on Wednesday to press demands by victims' relatives for an independent inquiry into the tragedy that claimed around 300 lives.

The students, accompanied by their parents, had left their high school in Ansan, south of Seoul, on Tuesday to walk 32 kilometres to the capital's National Assembly building.

The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank in waters off the country's southwest coast on April 16 with 476 people on board. Of the total passengers, 325 were teenaged students from the same Danwon High School in Ansan. Only 75 of the students escaped alive.

The march was in support of victims' families calling for the swift passage of a special bill that would set up an independent inquiry into the causes of the tragedy.

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