Police to file damages suit against organizers of Sewol rally
SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) - Police said Tuesday they will file a suit against the organizers of a violent street rally that took place around the anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking to seek financial compensation for the damage incurred.
They are seeking 90 million won (US$78,843) for police vehicles, cameras and other equipment that were either damaged or stolen during the protest on April 18.
The amount includes 12 million won (US$10,512) for the medical treatment of 40 police officers wounded by violent protesters.
Thousands of demonstrators staged rallies at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall in April and May to mark the first anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol off the southwest coast, which claimed 304 lives.
Police clashed with demonstrators as they tried to march to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
More than 13,000 police were mobilized to block the road to Cheong Wa Dae and hundreds of trucks and other vehicles were used to seal off the nearby roads on April 18.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has said they would go after those who organized the violent rallies so they could be subjected to legal punishment.
Police also said Tuesday they have sought arrest warrants for two leaders of the civic group that organized the rallies, Park Rae-gun and Kim Hye-jin, for obstruction of duties while organizing the violent rallies that led to the destruction of some police buses and injured police officers.