South Korea's ruling party forced a long-stalled free trade deal with the United States through parliament Tuesday, enraging opposition lawmakers who blasted their political rivals with tear gas.
Korean lawmakers voted 151 to 7 in favor of ratifying the landmark trade
agreement in a surprise legislative session called by the ruling Grand
National Party, parliamentary officials said.
Shouts and screams
filled the National Assembly as ruling party lawmakers forced their way
onto the parliamentary floor. Amid the scuffling, one opposition
lawmaker doused rivals with tear gas.
Security guards hustled him
out of the chamber as he shouted and tried to resist. Outside the
National Assembly building, opponents of the deal scuffled with police
mobilized to maintain order.
--Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press, on extreme politics. HT: New York Daily Intel