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South Korea: relatives of ferry disaster victims stage sit-in

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South Korea: relatives of ferry disaster victims stage sit-in

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Relatives of victims of the sunken South Korean ferry ‘Sewol’ staged a sit-in on Friday to push for a direct meeting with President Park Guen-hye.

The crowd started to march towards the Blue House presidential palace in the capital Seoul, but were blocked by police.

A spokesperson for the families said: “Now that we’ve been stopped, this is where we should lie down. We can’t go back. We definitely should meet and talk to President Park. To be frank, we would rather die than leave here.”

The president has apologised about the sinking at least three times, but never directly to the families.

They have been loud in their criticism of the rescue operation since the boat sank, killing at least 273 people.