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Itaewon tragedy is code-red moment for South Korea's Yoon

South Korean left revives candlelight protests that took down Park Geun-hye

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol inspects the scene of tragedy on Oct. 30, a day after many people died in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The harrowing Halloween crush that killed more than 150 people in Seoul's nightlife district Itaewon has put the administration of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on red alert, just six months into office.

Yoon's initial response to the disaster -- an effort to be quick and decisive -- indicates he understands how devastating the slow response to the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster was to the presidency of former leader Park Geun-hye.

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