These actions taken by the Korean left is not surprising:
All hopes for a smooth ratification of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement were abandoned yesterday when its opponents occupied a committee room at the National Assembly to prevent deliberations on the bill and a vote.
The ruling Grand National Party planned to open deliberations on the free trade agreement bill in the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee in the afternoon. GNP Representative Yoo Ki-june told Yonhap News Agency that the ruling party would attempt to approve it in committee yesterday.
As word spread about the plan, lawmakers from the Democratic and Democratic Labor parties stormed the committee’s conference room and occupied the seat for the committee chairman, Representative Nam Kyung-pil.
Representative Kim Jin-pyo, floor leader of the Democratic Party, said the DP would refuse to cooperate with the bill’s passage unless the government removes “harmful clauses” in the FTA and comes up with thorough compensation measures for farmers, fishermen and small-company workers who will be affected by increased imports from the United States.
As the confrontation peaked, Nam agreed to debates to discuss the FTA for tomorrow and Friday.
Nam also scolded the opposition lawmakers for occupying his seat.
“I feel ashamed before the people, and I cannot accept this situation,” he said. “Today will be the last time for me to endure the minority’s use of physical force. From now on, I won’t allow this anymore.”
Could you imagine Nancy Pelosi sitting in John Boehner’s chair like a spoiled brat refusing to move because that is how this situation appears. At least the Korean left hasn’t resorted to violence yet like they have in the past but give it time because the presidential season is just getting warmed up. [Joong Ang Ilbo]