Student survivors of Korea ferry march on parliament

SEOUL – More than 30 student survivors of April's ferry disaster in South Korea 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 the 20 miles (32 kilometres) to the capital's National Assembly building. Hundreds of citizens walked together when the students carrying yellow umbrellas came near parliament with their placards containing such slogans as Truth never sinks!.


They dispersed peacefully after putting dozens of yellow flags down outside the compound of parliament. The 6,825-tonne 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.

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