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South Korea opposition leader in ICU after knife attack amid calls for tougher security

South Korea opposition leader in ICU after knife attack amid calls for tougher security

SEOUL: South Korea’s opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung remained hospitalised in intensive care on Wednesday (Jan 3), a day after a knife attack on him shocked political leaders who were vying for the upper hand in a major election three months away. Surgeons operated on Lee for more than two hours late on Tuesday to repair a major blood vessel in his neck that was sliced when an assailant lunged and stabbed him with a knife. “The act of terror against Chairman Lee Jae-myung was clearly a challenge against democracy and a threat against democracy,” Democratic Party floor leader Hong Ik-pyo said at a party leadership council meeting. He urged a speedy investigation and tougher security for high-profile political figures, echoing renewed questions about the safety on campaign trails in a country with a history of political violence despite tight restrictions on gun ownership. Jin Jeong-hwa, a party supporter who was a witness at the scene of the stabbing, said the incident clearly showed the need for stronger and professional security protection for political …

South Korea’s opposition leader stabbed in the neck during trip to Busan

South Korea’s opposition leader stabbed in the neck during trip to Busan

Lee Jae-myung was rushed to hospital after the attack – GETTY IMAGES South Korea’s opposition party chief Lee Jae-myung has been stabbed in the neck during a visit to the southern port city of Busan on Tuesday. Mr Lee, 59, was suddenly attacked by a male assailant while he was talking to reporters at a construction site of a new airport on Busan’s Gadeok island. Disturbing footage of the attack shows Mr Lee in the centre of a jostling crowd of reporters holding digital recorders and television cameras. He appears to be reading a statement before a man wearing a bright blue paper crown – that appeared to have Mr Lee’s name written on it – asks Mr Lee for an autograph and then lunges from between the cameras and thrusts an object into his neck. The attack causes the shocked politician to stumble backwards, drawing screams from bystanders. Lee speaking at the event moments before the attack – AP The man is dragged back through the crowd by several men and subdued on the …

South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung stabbed in Busan

South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung stabbed in Busan

SEOUL — Lee Jae-myung, a prominent South Korean political figure who heads the country’s liberal Democratic Party, was stabbed in the neck Tuesday morning during a visit to the site of a new airport in the southern port city of Busan, Yonhap news agency reported. Video footage of the attack aired on South Korean broadcast stations showed Lee surrounded by press and a small crowd when a man standing nearby suddenly appeared to strike Lee in the neck with an unknown weapon, prompting people nearby to scream and Lee to fall to the ground. The attack took place around 10:30 a.m., according to Yonhap. Lee, 59, is a prominent labor lawyer-turned-politician who heads South Korea’s liberal opposition party and narrowly lost the 2022 presidential election to the current president, Yoon Suk Yeol of the conservative People Power Party. He formerly served as governor of the Seoul-adjacent Gyeonggi Province from 2018 to 2021, as well as mayor of Seongnam from 2010 to 2018. During his time in South Korea’s highly polarized political sphere, Lee has been …