The leader of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in South Korea was formally charged by prosecutors for his involvement in the 2019 protest.
According to Reuters News Agency, a tragic event resulted in the deaths of over 150 individuals. The Seoul police chief, Kim Kwang-ho, has been accused by the Seoul Western District Prosecutors Office of being partially responsible for the incident due to negligence. 133 people were also reported to have been injured.
were foreign nationals.
The accusations were made over a year after the occurrence, in which individuals celebrating Halloween in Seoul were stuck and injured as the mass of people pushed into a small alley in the leisure area of Itaewon. The majority of those who died were citizens of other countries..
Immediately following the event, a task force of 475 individuals was mobilized to investigate the root cause of the tragedy. Investigators thoroughly reviewed footage from security cameras and conducted interviews with witnesses in order to understand how such a large number of fatalities occurred in such a short period of time.
Over 100,000 individuals were present at the festivities.
Over 20 individuals who passed away were identified as foreign nationals from China, Russia, Iran, and other countries.
The U.S. State Department reported that college students were among the fatalities. The University of Kentucky confirmed the death of Anne Gieske, a junior nursing student. Additionally, Kennesaw State University announced that Steven Blesi, an international business major, was among those who lost their lives.
At the time, President Biden took to Twitter to express his sorrow with first lady Jill Biden, stating that they were heartbroken to hear that multiple Americans were among the many casualties in Seoul.
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