Holding candles and black signs, thousands gathered across the streets of Seoul to mourn the passing of the victims of the Itaewon crush and heavily criticized the government for its inefficiency.
As public anger continues to pour out over the biggest tragedy to happen to South Korea, thousands of mourners took to the streets for vigils and protests held in the capital against the government for its inefficiencies.
On Halloween, the 29th of October, a deadly crowd crush in the Itaewon area, known for its nightlife, in the capital Seoul, killed 156 people, mostly people in their early 20s, and injured 196.
One week has passed since the event, and the investigators have raided many municipal offices and police and fire stations.
Most of the country’s citizens feel ashamed that the country’s officials have failed in their duty to protect their younger generation and consider it an irony as South Korea is known for its youthful “K-pop” image.
Today, many activists from political groups gathered on the streets of Seoul to show their anger at the government.
The biggest of the protests was organized by a group called Candlelight Action, an ally of the progressive groups that were active in holding protests against President Yoon.
The protest was held near Seoul City Hall, where two major roads were blocked in order to accommodate thousands of protesters. Many of them were holding a sign saying that “stepping down is an expression of condolence,” referring to President Yoon.
There were many speeches against the government and mournful prayers chanted by Buddhist monks.
A speaker said that clearly the government has the responsibility and is looking to blame someone else and that the government has failed to perform one of its basic duties.