South Korea Protest On Ferry-disaster Anniversary Turns Violent

Dozens of police officers and protesters in Seoul were injured in a Saturday night demonstration against the government's handling of a ferry disaster a year ago, according to reports. Police used water cannons and pepper spray to disperse thousands of protesters in the South Korean capital, the Associated Press said. Roughly 100 demonstrators, including 20 family members of victims of the ferry accident, were arrested during the violent clash, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, according to Kyodo News. The protesters had tried to march on the Blue House, the official residence of South Korea's president, with some criticizing the government for not holding relevent officials responsible for the disaster and for failing to make major safety improvements, reports said.

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