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South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 00:50

Violence erupts in South Korea as police clash with protesters demanding an indepdent inquiry into last year's deadly ferry boat sinking. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) South Korean police on Saturday (April 18) clashed with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace, where they hoped to demand a more vigorous government response to a ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives a year ago. About 13,000 police and 470 police buses were deployed in the area around Seoul's main ceremonial thoroughfare and 100 protesters were arrested, an official of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. Saturday's rally began at midday, with a crowd calling for the government to allow an independent inquiry into the disaster and make an immediate decision to raise the Sewol ferry that sank on April 16th 2014. Police said they used buses to barricade the protesters' route to the presidential Blue House as well as water cannon and pepper spray to deter them. Several police buses were damaged. The ferry was on a routine journey when it capsized making a sharp turn and sank. Among the 304 victims were 250 students on a class trip.

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South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 00:50