Ferry Survivors March on National Assembly

Around 40 teenage survivors of the April 16 ferry disaster arrived at the National Assembly Wednesday, ending a two-day march to press demands from the families of victims for an independent inquiry into the tragedy.

The students of Danwon High School in Ansan, south of Seoul, began their march Tuesday after finishing their classes. They said they marched to console the families of the victims and press for swift passage of a special bill that would set up an independent inquiry into the causes of the disaster, which claimed more than 300 lives.

Some families are on hunger strike at the National Assembly demanding representation on the inquiry panel.

Teenage survivors of the April 16 ferry disaster arrive at the National Assembly building in Yeouido, Seoul on Wednesday. Teenage survivors of the April 16 ferry disaster arrive at the National Assembly building in Yeouido, Seoul on Wednesday.

The students carried yellow banners that read, "I miss you" and "Please remember April 16." They also carried name tags of their classmates who died in the accident. The students were cheered by onlookers during their 32 km march.

They arrived at the National Assembly at around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, around 22 hours after they left their school. They gave hand-written letters to family members of victims and tied yellow ribbons to the walls of the National Assembly before heading back to Ansan by bus.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 17, 2014 11:27 KST