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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Calypso_1

    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.

    • Simiantongue

      What, no whack a mole baton play?

  • Anonymous

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

  • Redacted

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

    • over indulging

      might makes it right 

    • KatMoon

      George Carlin would agree.

  • Simiantongue

    What, no whack a mole baton play?

  • Anonymous

    Boo hoo. Buncha cry-babies….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Boo hoo. Buncha cry-babies….

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      no use cryin over spilled teargas

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • JaceD

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Parliaments are always more fun than Congresses

  • MoralDrift

    Parliaments are always more fun than Congresses

  • over indulging

    might makes it right 

  • over indulging

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

  • over indulging

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

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    no use cryin over spilled teargas

  • TH7Y

    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.. . ;-)

  • TH7Y

    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.. . ;-)

  • TH7Y

    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.. . ;-)

  • TH7Y

    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.. . ;-)

  • KatMoon

    George Carlin would agree.

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