Family members of Sewol victims begin hunger strike

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- Family members of the victims of April's ferry disaster started a hunger strike Monday, demanding an early adoption of a special law aimed at shedding light on the cause of the incident that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized in waters off the country's southwest coast on April 16 with 476 people on board, mostly high school students. A total of 293 people have been confirmed dead with 11 others still unaccounted for.

"Fifteen family members of the Sewol ferry victims began a hunger strike at the Gwanghwamun Square and in front of the main building of the National Assembly," an association representing the families said at a press conference held in front of the National Assembly.

The families asked that the special law be enacted by July 24, which marks the 100th day since the disaster, because progress at the parliament has been slow due to bipartisan disputes.

The association said it will hand over a list of signatures gathered from a nationwide campaign to the parliament and launch a parade in the Yeouido financial district in western Seoul on Tuesday.

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