South Korean lawmakers get in fight, break out power tools
MSNBC reports that members of South Korea’s unicameral parliament have gotten into fisticuffs. Again.
This time, the ruling party locked opposition members outside the committee room where the recently signed South Korea-U.S. trade pact will be introduced. They feared that the opposition would try to oppose ratification of the pact. Go figure. Opposition members tried to batter down the door to the room, using a sledge hammer and eventually a power saw to break through—but to no avail, as the ruling party members had piled furniture up behind said door as an additional barricade.
The ruling Grand National Party controls 172 out of 299 seats in the National Assembly and so should be able to push the trade pact through. The U.S. Congress has not yet approved the deal.
Fights are not at all uncommon among South Korean lawmakers—even on the floor of the National Assembly itself. Sometimes they even throw chairs and microphones. Here is a video of a fight that broke out last December: