At a district court in South Korea on Tuesday, relatives of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster scuffled with court officials, stopping them from entering the preliminary hearing of crew members.
Fifteen crew members from the sunken ferry appeared at Gwangju District Court to enter pleas on charges that they were negligent and failed to save the more than 300 people who died or are missing after the disaster.
Court officials said they were trying to check the family members' admission permits, but the relatives of victims accused them of siding with the accused.
Most of those killed in the 16 April Sewol ferry sinking were high school students, and many people from the students' hometown attended the hearing.
All surviving crew members responsible for the ship's navigation have been charged with negligence and with failing to do their duty to protect passengers.