“I want to protest rather than condolence”… Sinchon Severance mortuary atmosphere


This time, we will connect the Severance Hospital in Sinchon, Seoul where the mortuary is located.

Reporter Jeong-eun Shin, do you see a lot of people coming to pay tribute to the mortuary?

Yes, in front of the funeral hall of Severance Hospital in Sinchon, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul.

When the news that Jeon died at the age of 90 at his home in Yeonhui-dong, Seoul on the morning of the 23rd was announced, many reporters gathered around the funeral home.

It seems that there are far more reporters than the mourners who visited the mortuary.

From around 5pm, his wife, Soon-ja Lee, and the former family and close aides arrived one after another.

However, there were few condolences from major politicians or businessmen except for the 5 public figures.

After completing an autopsy on the body of Mr. Jeon, who had previously died at his home, and a PCR test for COVID-19, the vehicle carrying the body left his home in Yeonhui-dong.

And at around 3:15 pm, it was moved to the funeral hall of Severance Hospital in Sinchon.

The funeral will be held as a family funeral home for five days.

Former Blue House secretary Min Jeong-ki explained that the funeral was postponed until Saturday because the third son, Mr. Jae-man, is due to return home from the United States tomorrow evening.

There are many reactions from the political circles saying that they do not want to go to the funeral, but among ordinary citizens, were there people who came to the funeral?

Yes, it is.

There were also citizens like this, who stopped for a moment while passing by and came to see the mortuary.

However, more citizens came to protest than to pay tribute.

A student who came from the countryside heard a sign at the entrance of the funeral home saying, “Those who do not reflect are not worth living.”

Another civic group held a press conference in front of the funeral home’s main gate and condemned “leaving without any apology and in despair.”

(On-site conduct: Compilation-hyung, Video coverage: Kang Dong-cheol·Lee Chan-soo, Video editing: Ha Seong-won)


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