Families to hold mass commemoration for Seoul 2022 crush victims

Households of victims will march from the location of the crush in an Itaewon alleyway to Metropolis Corridor for a rally to mark the primary anniversary of the catastrophe (ANTHONY WALLACE)

Victims’ households, survivors and activists will maintain a mass commemoration in Seoul on Sunday to mark the primary anniversary of the lethal crush that killed almost 160 individuals throughout Halloween festivities final yr.

Final Halloween, tens of hundreds of individuals — largely of their 20s and 30s — had been out to get pleasure from post-pandemic vacation celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon district, however the night time turned lethal with no efficient crowd management and bungled official responses to requires assist.

A yr on, households of the victims say they’re nonetheless searching for solutions to what went mistaken and who was liable for the lethal crush.

Regardless of a proper investigation and ongoing prosecutions of native officers, nobody has but been convicted.

“The general public mourning occasion … is being held to recollect and pay tribute to the 159 victims, and on the similar time to pledge to by no means give in on discovering the reality that has but to be revealed,” the households’ group mentioned in a press release.

Sunday’s commemoration is anticipated to be attended by round 10,000 individuals, together with the victims’ households, survivors of the crush, activists, in addition to lawmakers and authorities officers, they added.

The households will march from the location of the crush in Itaewon to Metropolis Corridor for a mass rally within the night, in keeping with the assertion.


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