Korean mothers from N.Y. and Boston to hold Sewol protest

July 7, 2014
The poster asks, "Are you going to just watch?"

The poster asks, “Are you going to just watch?”

Korean American mothers will stage a joint protest July 20 for the 100th-day memorium of the Sewol ferry sinking in front of the New York Times in Manhattan.

The New York/Boston Association, which is organizing the protest, said Thursday in a press release that its members would gather to remember the victims of the tragedy and to call for an investigation into the truth of the handling of the sinking by the administration of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

The association also plans to request increased prevention efforts and the freedom of the press. The Korean government underwent criticism and public scrutiny for alleged censorship of media during and following the sinking.

Members sympathize with mothers who lost their children in the sinking and desperately wish to prevent a second and a third tragedy resembling the Sewol, the association said.

The sinking of the ferry Sewol, which has thrown Korea into shock and mourning, took the lives of 293 passengers. Eleven bodies still remain missing.