South Korea

South Korean MP Kim Sun-dong sets off tear gas to try to block FTA bill passing

A South Korean MP set off a cannister of tear gas in the country’s parliament in an attempt to prevent a controversial trade deal being passed. Kim Sun-dong allegedly used the tear gas when it became clear that the trade pact with the US was going to pass.

There has been considerable opposition in South Korea to the pact, which some say will boost the country’s markets but others fear will lead to a decline in South Korean industries. The ruling Grand National party had the strength to push the bill through, but various members of the opposition tried to find way to stop them.

Despite Kim Sun-dong’s alleged use of tear gas, the bill did eventually pass. The deal has already been approved in the US and comes into effect at the beginning of 2012. Previous attempts to discuss the deal have been similarly controversial in the South Korean parliament, with one MP whipping out a sledgehammer back in 2008 when the deal was first proposed.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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