South Korean Lawmaker Uses Tear Gas to Protest Free Trade with the U.S. (Video)

Now, why would a member of parliament in South Korea object so strongly to a free trade deal with the United States? Haroon Siddique reports in the Guardian:

An opposition MP set off a teargas canister in the South Korean parliament in a failed attempt to prevent the ruling party passing a free trade deal with the US.

Proponents said the deal, the largest US trade pact since the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), could increase commerce between the two countries by up to a quarter. But the opposition claims it will harm South Korean interests, putting jobs at risk.

Members of the ruling Grand National party were greeted with shouts and screams as they occupied the national assembly’s main hall to railroad the deal. Opposition MPs tried to physically block them, leading to scuffles and Democratic party’s Kim Sun-dong set off teargas.

He shouted: “Let me go, bastards. No FTA”, as he was been taken out of the chamber by security guards. The chamber was cleared briefly but less than an hour after the scuffles began, the bill was passed by 151 votes to seven.

Read More: Guardian

27 Comments on "South Korean Lawmaker Uses Tear Gas to Protest Free Trade with the U.S. (Video)"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |

    Ha! I love it…Congressmen should be issued full riot gear at the beginning of each session and settle their impasses with beating shields, noxious vapors and high velocity bean bags.

  2. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm |

    Ha! I love it…Congressmen should be issued full riot gear at the beginning of each session and settle their impasses with beating shields, noxious vapors and high velocity bean bags.

  3. Calypso_1 | Nov 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

    Ha! I love it…Congressmen should be issued full riot gear at the beginning of each session and settle their impasses with beating shields, noxious vapors and high velocity bean bags.

  4. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

    I’ve always been a proponent of voting via weaponry. Disagree with your opponent? Kill him.

  5. I’ve always been a proponent of voting via weaponry. Disagree with your opponent? Kill him.

  6. Simiantongue | Nov 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm |

    What, no whack a mole baton play?

  7. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm |

    Boo hoo. Buncha cry-babies….

  8. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 22, 2011 at 7:09 pm |

    Boo hoo. Buncha cry-babies….

  9. Anonymous | Nov 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm |

    You have got to commend the MP daring enough to set of a canister of tear gas to stop his opponents from passing a bill he strongly disagrees with, although his political career is now over.

  10. You have got to commend the MP daring enough to set of a canister of tear gas to stop his opponents from passing a bill he strongly disagrees with, although his political career is now over.

  11. Anonymous | Nov 23, 2011 at 12:06 am |

    Parliaments are always more fun than Congresses

  12. MoralDrift | Nov 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm |

    Parliaments are always more fun than Congresses

  13. over indulging | Nov 23, 2011 at 2:22 am |

    might makes it right 

  14. over indulging | Nov 23, 2011 at 2:24 am |

    It would have been better if he droped from the ceiling in full ninja gear. 

  15. over indulging | Nov 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm |

    It would have been better if he droped from the ceiling in full ninja gear. 

  16. no use cryin over spilled teargas

  17. Any deal with the USA is bad, period.  The US will screw it’s own people over, you Koreans will get it double.

    Basically it works like this: You give us REAL useful stuff and we give you paper and/or 1’s and 0’s.. . 😉

  18. Any deal with the USA is bad, period.  The US will screw it’s own people over, you Koreans will get it double.

    Basically it works like this: You give us REAL useful stuff and we give you paper and/or 1’s and 0’s.. . 😉

  19. Any deal with the USA is bad, period.  The US will screw it’s own people over, you Koreans will get it double.

    Basically it works like this: You give us REAL useful stuff and we give you paper and/or 1’s and 0’s.. . 😉

  20. Any deal with the USA is bad, period.  The US will screw it’s own people over, you Koreans will get it double.

    Basically it works like this: You give us REAL useful stuff and we give you paper and/or 1’s and 0’s.. . 😉

  21. George Carlin would agree.

  22. Jin Onikoroshi | Nov 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

    (ノ-。-)ノ))))))))))))))))))●~*

    ^.^ V
    (cue FF7 victory theme)…

  23. Jin The Ninja | Nov 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm |

    (ノ-。-)ノ))))))))))))))))))●~*

    ^.^ V
    (cue FF7 victory theme)…

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