Korean parliament fights – an election day special
One of my rules for this blog is not to post things unless I am in some way adding to what is already available on the internet. Well – I tried. The question I wanted to answer was “Why does the Korean parliament have so many fights?” It seems to me, from watching the various videos, that there is something procedural about it – that there is some strategy to take the speaker’s chair and thus prevent a piece of legislation being passed.
I couldn’t find the answer on the internet, so tried asking a couple of Koreans, but I just got those strange, improbable answers that Koreans give when you ask them about their own culture – “Koreans are very hot tempered.” So, I don’t know.
This article from the LA Times attempted to answer the same question, with similar vague answers from a variety of Koreans.
My other question is, given that almost all Korean men serve a term in the army, where they are given extensive taegwondo training, why are the fights so clingy and lame?
So, this post does not answer any questions. It’s just an excuse to watch a bunch of Korean parliament fights. Tomorrow is election day. So, in celebration of Korea’s very young democracy, here are some gratuitious videos of Korean parliamentary fights.
1. December, 2007. Fighting over a piece of legislation to impeach the prosecutors who who cleared Lee Myeong Bak in a fraud case, before he was elected. With hair pulling, mosh pit diving, and crowd surfing.
2. December, 2008. Free Trade Agreement fight. Opposition parliamentarians attempt to break into a meeting room barricaded by the ruling party to oppose the Free Trade Agreement with the US.
3. 2009 – One of the best. Over the government’s plans to reduce restrictions on media ownership. Featuring speaker’s podium attacking, building barricading and storming, and an all-in scrap.
4. 2011 – A few years later, when the Free Trade deal was about to be passed, a parliamentarian tried to stop it by throwing a tear gas canister.
5. 2010 – another “attempt to occupy the speaker’s podium” fight, this time over the issue of free school lunches:
6. 2010 – another “barricade and storm the building” fight over budget issues.
Did I miss any? Happy Election Day.