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Ruling party opens disciplinary process against Yongsan Ward chief over remarks on Itaewon tragedy

All News 22:54 November 25, 2022

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- The ethics committee of the ruling People Power Party decided Friday to open a disciplinary process against Park Hee-young, the chief of Yongsan Ward office in Seoul, for making inappropriate remarks about the Itaewon crowd crush, party officials said.

Park, the chief of the ward that administers the Itaewon district, has come under fire over her remarks related to the Oct. 29 tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 158 Halloween partygoers in the area.

On Oct. 31, Park said the ward office had taken all measures, noting the Halloween event was a "phenomenon" not an official "festival" with an organizer.

Earlier this month, she also faced criticism after saying she will take responsibility for the deadly disaster with her "heart," apparently rejecting calls for her resignation.

Park has also been booked by the police on charges of professional negligence over the accident.

Yongsan Ward office chief Park Hee-young enters a special investigation team building in western Seoul on Nov. 18, 2022, to face questioning over the crowd crush in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood. (Yonhap)

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