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  • College Sewol Activist Charged With Staging Illegal Protests
A college student has been indicted on charges of staging illegal rallies in protest of the government's handling of the ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in April.

Yesterday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said it indicted 24-year-old college student Yong Hye-in without physical detention, for overstaying her protests.

She's accused of illegally occupying the streets with dozens of colleagues between May and June, when she began the "Stay Still" campaign, which had hundreds of citizens silently marching through central Seoul following the Sewol ferry sinking.

Ahead of the charges, Yong had revealed prosecutors searched her Kakao Talk mobile messaging app acount, without her approval or a court warrant, sparking national debate over government monitoring and censorship.■

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