S. Korea lawmakers tear gassed as U.S. trade deal passes

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:19 EDT
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South Korean lawmakers cover their faces after tear gas was thrown. Screenshot via Youtube.
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South Korea’s ruling party agreed on a trade deal with the United States Tuesday, causing one angry opposition lawmaker to throw tear gas at his political rivals.

Video has emerged of the extraordinary incident after a surprise vote was called by the ruling Grand National Party, according to the Irish new website TheJournal. Lawmakers voted 151 to 7 to ratify the deal.

The pact is America’s biggest free trade agreement since 1994′s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.

This isn’t the first time South Korea’s parliament has witnessed a wild scene however. Debating the same U.S. free trade deal in 2008, opposition lawmakers used a sledgehammer to force themselves into a committee room to shut down the talks.

WATCH: Video from Youtube, which was published on November 22, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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