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Lead] Opposition politicians also came to comfort the bereaved families at the civil incense burner set up in Itaewon Plaza in Seoul.

Government and ruling party figures were absent, and the chief of civil society in the presidential office only attended the memorial service at Jogyesa Temple.

Reporter Park Chan-beom covered this story.


Democratic Party representative Lee Jae-myeong and Justice Party representative Lee Jung-mi visited the citizen's incense burner and attended the memorial service.

While the bereaved families are guarding the site, enduring the harsh cold, the government and ruling party officials who went to the public memorial service were not noticed.

President Yoon Seok-yeol, who visited the incense burner and memorial service seven times during the week-long national mourning period immediately after the disaster, sent Kang Seung-gyu, senior civil society chief, to the memorial service held at Jogyesa Temple instead.

It is known that the leadership of the People's Power did not discuss whether to attend the 49th.

The police investigation, which asks for legal responsibility, is being conducted centering on working-level organizations such as the police, fire department, and district offices, and even that has stalled after the arrest warrant for former Yongsan Police Chief Lee Im-jae was dismissed.

The Minister of Public Administration and Security, whose dismissal proposal was passed, is still serving as Minister,  [Lee Sang-min/Minister of Public Administration and Security: (There is a demand to take responsibility, do you have


to say?) I just pray for the souls of the unfortunate victims.]

The Prime Minister's remarks mentioning a strong treatment idea for teenagers who made a choice are also controversial.

[Han Deok-soo/Prime Minister: We will thoroughly check whether there was any lack of support.]

The position of the government and the ruling party is that the investigation of responsibility should be judged after the truth is clearly covered, but the government investigation, which will form one axis of truth-finding together with the police investigation is stuck in budget negotiations and has not even started yet.

(Video coverage: Jo Chun-dong, Hwang In-seok, Yoon Hyung, video editing: Choi Jin-hwa)