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article imageSouth Korean parliament brawls over school meals

By Lynn Curwin     Dec 3, 2010 in Politics
A physical fight broke out and politicians verbally insulted one another in the South Korean parliament. Politicians were fighting over the issue of free school meals for students.
The Telegraph reported that if the bill in question is passed, the government would be required to provide free meals for all elementary and middle school students in Seoul, beginning in 2011.
President Lee Myung-bak's Grand National Party (GNP) party, which is opposed to the bill, says benefits should be limited to low-income families and expanded gradually.
During a debate the GNP invaded the speaker's podium. Politicians were soon shoving one another and shouting abuse.
One man got through a barrier and attempted to occupy the speaker's chair.
Politicians from the Democratic Party finally managed to drag members of the GNP away from the podium.
Fights have erupted between South Korean politicians in the past; one member of parliament was treated in hospital after a brawl took place.
Physical altercations have also taken place between politicians in other countries. In November Digital Journal reported on an Argentinian politician slapping another during a debate.
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