Violence Erupts in Seoul Over Ferry Sewol Protest

D-bo, April 24, 2015, 7:59 a.m.

Fears over violence between police and protesters mount as large scale rallies over the government's handling of the ferry disaster in April last year are planned in central Seoul on Saturday.  Protesters plan to march simultaneously from subcenters of Seoul towards central Gwanghwamun, which is likely to cause serious traffic jams. 

Last weekend thousands of protesters clashed with police after a series of events to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, bringing downtown Seoul to standstill until late that night. The rallies will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government gave permission to use the Gwanghwamun Plaza until midnight. 

But police said that they are concerned about traffic congestion and noise that can cause trouble for the public. "We will be strict with any illegal activity such as diverting to roads not in the permitted area," they added.

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