Families of Ferry Victims Refuse Compensation Package

      April 03, 2015 11:30

      The families of ferry disaster victims on Thursday refused a compensatory package proposed by the government and held a protest in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Plaza.

      The families, some of whom had shaved their heads, accused the government of "insulting the victims with money" and not doing enough to find the truth behind the disaster.

      They said in a statement that the government should salvage the sunken ferry to conduct a thorough investigation.

      Yoo Kyung-keun, who led the protesters, said, "Nothing has been done so far to shed light on the cause of the disaster, but the government is already talking about compensation."

      The families of ferry disaster victims talk to the press in Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul on Thursday.

      In a statement, the families said the government is trying to "paint us as greedy and holding out for more compensation." They added, "We will not give up until investigators get to the bottom of the disaster."

      The government announced the compensation on Tuesday. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is to conduct a feasibility study before attempting to raise the vessel, while the Ministry of Public Safety and Security is to gauge public approval of the endeavor. A panel of 23 experts formed in November will submit a report, and the decision whether to raise the ship is expected in May or June.

      The government said it will take into account whether it is technically feasible and how much it would cost.

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