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Families of passengers on the sunken ferry have been involved in a tense stand-off with police, as more bodies are recovered.
Up to 100 relatives gathered near a bridge linking the port city of Jindo and tried to march across to take their protest to Seoul.
"The government is the killer," some of the relatives shouted, as they pressed against the police lines.
Divers have recovered more bodies inside the South Korean sunken ferry, pushing the confirmed death toll to 50, officials say.
Hundreds of government, military and civilian divers have been involved in the search.
It is thought 252 people, most of them children on a school trip, are still missing. There are 174 known survivors.
The 69-year-old captain of the ferry, Lee Joon-Seok, has been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.
Investigators are looking at how the cargo was stowed, the safety record of the ship operator and the actions of the crew.