Yongsan Disaster One-Year Anniversary

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Yongsan Disaster One-Year Anniversary

A banner boasted Seoul’s selection as World Design Capital 2010 with the slogan, “Design for All.” On Namildang, the building behind it, a sign was hung, “No access to the accident building.” Exactly one year earlier, in January 2009, six people had died in that building during the eviction process. Evictees had taken refuge inside from violent hired goons, and police responded with an antiterrorist squad in a botched operation that sparked a fire, killing five evictee protesters and one police officer. The surviving evictees were jailed, and some remained in prison until President Moon Jae-in pardoned them all in late 2017. Construction on the site was delayed for years, beginning only in 2018.

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