Demanding Answers and Action in the Wake of the Sewol

Author Sabrina Hill 1j

Anyone that has tried to get around Seoul’s popular tourist district, Insadong, found it rather difficult this weekend as protestors have occupied a large part of the traffic and pedestrian thoroughfares.

Looking for action, answers, and accountability from those they feel responsible, hundreds held an extended protest the night of May 1st which rolled into a peaceful sit-in on the 2nd. Time has not healed the wounds for the families of the victims, and the lack of transparency has turned mourning and sadness into anger among many Koreans.

With the failed promises made by the administration in November, the parents of the hundreds of children aboard and surviving relatives and supporters gathering, a momentum seems to be taking place. A momentum that a government-sponsored conservative media and their chaebol handlers can’t seem to manage.

Photo Taken: Saturday May 02nd, 2015 (Insadong, Seoul) The police form a wall of resistance against the largely peaceful group.

Photo Taken: Saturday May 02nd, 2015 (Insadong, Seoul) The police form a wall of resistance against the largely peaceful group.

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