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Photos of the day - April 15, 2015

A relative of the victims of the Sewol disaster weeps during a ceremony on the eve of the first anniversary of the ferry sinking at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. A year ago, as South Korea writhed in grief and fury after more than 300 people, most of them school kids, drowned in the disaster, it seemed things would never be the same. Yet not much has really changed as the first anniversary of the Sewol disaster is marked Thursday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea ferry disaster

Angry relatives of passengers who drowned in a ferry sinking snubbed South Korea's president on the disaster's anniversary Thursday, even as she pledged to salvage the ship.

Tears and grief mixed with raw fury as black-clad relatives and their supporters mourned the 304 victims of the ferry Sewol, most of whom were high school students. Earlier in the day, relatives blocked the prime minister from attending a mourning event. They later canceled another ceremony because of what they called government indifference to their plight.

There's widespread fatigue among many South Koreans a year after one of the country's worst disasters. But there's also frustration among those who see their government as having failed to meaningfully improve safety standards and hold high-level officials accountable for a disaster blamed in part on incompetence and corruption. (AP)

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