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Koreans pay respects to victims of ferry accident

Updated: 2014-04-24 20:37:51 KST
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A temporary group memorial altar has been set up in Ansan, the city most touched by the disaster.
Thousands of citizens are visiting the site to say their good-byes to those that have passed.
Our Kwon So-a is at the site and joins us live from the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall.
So-a.

With the whole nation in grief for the victims of the tragic Sewol-ho ferry accident, thousands are coming to the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall to say their good-byes.
As people have gotten off from work, the lines of mourners have grown longer this evening, reaching out onto the streets in front of the hall.
At times it's silent sadness filling the hall, at others it's cries.
The atmosphere has become very tense as well as around an hour ago a woman, apparently a mother of a student that died in the tragic Sewol-ho ferry accident, became angry at cameras filming her as she was crying and calling out her son.
The entire press had to move out of the hall as the woman began to push camera equipment and throw bottles.
So far, more than 30-thousand people from all around the nation have come to the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall to say their good-byes to those who've passed.
Many are having trouble even standing in front of the over 60 pictures of the victims that are on display, and the sound of wailing of mourners is filling the big hall, which includes celebrities, politicians, soldiers, and also foreigners.
Students, teachers and faculty members from Danwon High School have been among those paying respects.
Ordinary citizens at the site have expressed their support for the victims' families.


"I know it's very painful for you but we will be supporting you. I heard you have hardly been eating. Please take care of your health and get well soon."


"No words will console you but please know that many people are feeling the pain with you and crying with you."


"I wish the students will go to heaven and live happily."

The local government here has also set up a message service, so that those who cannot come in person can send text messages of condolenceswhich are being displayed on one of the screens here.
Around 40-thousand have come through already.
The group memorial is open 24 hours a day here in Ansan, except for certain times of the day for regular maintenance purposes.
The memorial will be open throughout the weekend as well.
This has been Kwon So-a, reporting live from the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall.


Reporter : amho88@naver.com

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843glamour (Iran, Islamic Republic of) 2014-04-25    

Hi.I'm so sad 'cause of what happened in Korea specially for high school students.I follow Arirang news every day.My family & I pray for safe return of missing passengers.I hope Korean people don't miss their hope because miracle is near.Iranian people is next to Korean people forever after.with lots of love & pray from Iran.
Mahdis.