Bereaved family of Lee Jae-myung met “It cannot end with criminal punishment”

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On the afternoon of the 14th, the control of the alleys around the Hamilton Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, where the Itaewon massacre occurred, was released, and commemorative letters and flowers were laid out, and mourners continued to visit.

On the afternoon of the 14th, the control of the alleys around the Hamilton Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, where the Itaewon massacre occurred, was released, and commemorative letters and flowers were laid out, and mourners continued to visit.
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Democratic Party officials, including Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung, met with nine families of six victims of the Itaewon massacre on the 14th. The bereaved families demanded a thorough investigation of the facts, punishment of those responsible, and prevention of recurrence, while emphasizing that it should not end with ‘cutting off the tail’.

Ahn Ho-young, senior spokesperson for the Democratic Party, said at the National Assembly Communication Hall on the afternoon of the same day, “Today, the families of the victims of the 10.29 disaster and the Democratic Party held a private meeting for an hour and a half in the party representative’s conference room.” Representatives of the Democratic Party, including the head of the department, attended.” This meeting was created by forming a consensus that individual lawmakers should seek support in the process of comforting the bereaved in each constituency.

Senior Spokesperson Ahn said, “The bereaved families complained that they were in a desperate and difficult situation, but they thanked the Democratic Party for creating a place to communicate in relation to the disaster. , he said he didn’t know what to do because there were no people who told him how to deal with it.” He also explained, “He longed for the government, political circles, and social institutions to actively help.”

He said, “Everyone asked for a thorough investigation of the truth, strict punishment for those responsible, and prevention of recurrence in common.” He also emphasized that it is not the will of the bereaved family to investigate.” He also said, “There were also complaints that critics were pouring in as if the family made a mistake, and they are suffering greatly.”

When asked, “Is the bereaved family I met today representing the entire family?” Chief Spokesperson Ahn said, “The saddest thing is that there were many people who were frustrated because they did not know why this happened and what to do in the future.” answered. He said, “I wanted to communicate with the bereaved family, but they complained that they are suffering because there is no system that provides such information.

At the meeting, there was no mention of the disclosure of the list of victims of without the consent of the bereaved family. However, Senior Spokesperson Ahn said, “If you keep listening to the stories of the bereaved families who came today, there are some people who think that it is hoped that the names or photos of the bereaved will not be forgotten because the list or photos are actually released and commemorated properly.” Rep. Shin Hyun-young, who participated in the meeting as a member of the Democratic Party’s countermeasure headquarters, also added, “Most of the people were worried that this case would be quickly forgotten.”

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