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Korea: Drama and Politics

With time running out before Wednesday’s presidential election, the event has turned more dramatic. Following a chaotic and physical fight between members of the Grand National Party and the United New Democratic Party at the National Assembly, Lee Myung Bak’s supporters broke into the National Assembly to protest the request for another special investigation Lee’s involvement in a financial scandal on the 16th. A video clip showed Lee Myung Bak saying publicly that he established BBK, the firm at the center of the scandal, while he has denied it.

On the 17th, Lee Myung Bak accepted the investigation into the BBK scandal. While he was on the way to the National Assembly, members of the United New Democratic Party called him ‘Lee Myung Bak, Crook!’ and, on the other hand, members of the Grand National Party called him ‘Lee Myung Bak, President!’

Rather than being focused on what candidates can do as president, scandals and slander fill the media. Will a series of scandals affect the result of the election?

Netizens rather seem to take these chaotic happenings as a target for mocking politicians.

A netizen abroad talks about how politicans’ fighting was shown outside Korea.

어제 국회에서 있었던 ‘이명박 후보 특검법'처리를 위해 격돌한 대통합민주신당 의원과 한나라당 의원간의 국회 본회의장에서의 대혈투… (표현 정확할까나…?)

상황은 우리나라인데… 설명은 영어로…
그렇다… 이 뉴스.. 영어로 유튜브 서버의 한자리를 차지하게 된것이다.
….가장 중요한것은.. 유튜브상에서 많이본동영상 78위 (코미디부분)에 올라감.

이걸 웃어야 할지 울어야할지…아… 이뉴스를 이렇게 볼줄이야..

Great bloody fight between members of the Grand National Party (GNP) and United New Democratic Party (UNDP) over approving the ‘special investigation of Lee Myung Bak’ at the National Assembly yesterday…It happened in Korea… explanation in English…. This news… became a major section at YouTube….. The most important thing is that at YouTube, it is ranked as the 78th to be seen the most (in a comedy section).

Shall I laugh or cry? I didn’t expect I would see news like this.

A netizen’s blog became popular describing the fighting scene.

오늘 국회에서는 아주 오랫만에 국회의원 본연의 모습을 보여줬다. 요즘 너무 국회가 조용한게 아닐까 생각했었는데.. 역시 그들의 DNA는 속일 수 없나보다.

1. 대통합민주신당 의원들이 국회 본회의장을 점령하고 있는 한나라당 의원들을 몰아내기위해 집결지에서 집결중이다.
2. 대통합민주신당 의원들이 원군을 불러와 국회역사상 최초로 전기톱으로 본회의장 문을 열고 있다. 공성전이 시작되었으나 한나라당 의원들은 손도 제대로 못 써보고 대통합 민주신당 의원들의 침입을 허용하고 말았다.
3. 환호하는 대통합민주신당 의원들. 그들의 표정에서 굳은 전투의지가 느껴진다.
4. 드디어 전투 시작!
5. 전투도중 오늘 국회대첩의 히어로~ 정봉주 의원이 상대방의 눈을 찌를 기세로 솟아 올랐다.
6. 첫번째 시도 실패. 한나라당의 위력은 생각보다 강했다.
7. 심재철 의원의 지팡이 신공 위력이 발휘되는 순간!
8. 완전 난타전!! 정봉주 의원 1차시도 실패!
9. 정봉주 의원 물 한잔 마시며 전열 재정비!
10. 대통합민주신당 죠낸 밀리고 있음
11. 바로 이때 오늘의 히어로우~~~ 정봉주 의원 재등장!!
12. 완전 홍콩영화의 한장면! 소룡, 이연걸이 부럽지 않다!
나경원 대변인 표정에 주목! 왜 여자 앞에서 폼잡고 그래.. 무서워 하잖아.
13. 하지만 그 멋있는 장면도 잠시.. 바로 제지 당하는 정봉주 의원, 표정 쥑인다!
14. 정봉주 완전 밀리다. 나경원 의원 무서워 죽으려고 한다. 아.. 불쌍해.. ㅠㅠ
15. 정봉주 의원은 넘어가고, 나경원 의원은 거의 울기 일보 직전.. 왜 여자를 울리고 그래!!

10년 전 고등학교에 다닐땐 원래 국회의원들은 국회의사당에서 싸우는게 자연스러운 일이라고 생각했는데.. 10년이 지난 지금 생각해보니.. 그들이 싸우는 이유가 분명히 있다는 생각이 들었다. 즉, 그들의 생존권을 위해서 그들은 그렇게 치열하게 투쟁하고 있는 것이다…
…하지만 한나라당은 대통령 당선된다고, 자신들이 10년 만에 정권을 잡았다고 좋아하기엔 조금 자중해야 될거 같다. 대통합민주신당이 그렇게 호락호락하게 당할 사람들은 아니니까…

Today finally the National Assemblymen showed their own characteristics. I have been wondering how come the National Assembly has been quiet for a while. Of course, they can’t hide their own DNA.
1. Members of the United New Democratic Party gather together to kick out members of the Grand National Party who already occupied the Assembly’s main hall.

2. For the first time in the history of the National Assembly, members of the United New Democratic Party opened the door of the main hall with a power saw. Even though the siege warfare had started, the members of the Grand National Party had to let the members of the UNDP come in. (Caption: The appearance of the power saw was for the first time in the history of the National Assembly. Called ‘Yeo-ui-do Power Saw’ Incident.)

3. Joyful members of the UNDP. We can see their strong combating intention in their faces.

4. Start the combat!

5. Today’s National Assembly hero, Chung Bong Ju jumped up to poke others’ eyes. (Caption: Be careful of your eyes)

6. Failure of the first attempt. The power of the GNP was unexpectedly strong.

7. Power of Sim Jae Chul’s stick.

8. The first attempt of Chung Bong Ju failed

9. Reorganize the battle line with water

10. Inferiority in strength of the UNDP

11. This time, re-emergence of today’s hero (Caption: Fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee)

12. A scene like a Hong Kong movie. Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are nothing. Look at a national assemblywoman, Na Kyung Won.

13. But the cool scene has been paused…. Chung Bong Ju who got blocked.

14. He’s completely pushed away. Na Kyung Won is scared to death. Poor woman…

15. Chung Bong Ju tripped down and Na Kyung Won is about to cry…Why do you make a woman cry?

When I was in high school ten years ago, I thought that National Assemblymen’s fights at the National Assembly are so natural. But now, thinking about it, there is a reason for the fight. That is, they struggle for their own survival…. Even though the GNP will win for this election, they should be cautious rather than happy about taking power after 10 years. People in the UNDP are not going to be easy…

A netizen called them ‘true fighters in our country.’

And people who are confused.

이순간, 대한민국의 한 국민으로서 울분을 토합니다.
다수의 국민이 이명박을 대통령후보로 지지 한다고 하여도,그래서 이명박 한나라당 대통령 후보가 대통령이 된다고 하여도,
그것이 진정 다수결의 원칙에 의한 민주주의의 최선의 선택이였다고 하더라도…..

검찰은 말했습니다. 수사를 전담했던 서울지검은 문제의 동영상이 추가로 공개된 이후에 이렇게 말했습니다.
“이미 밝혀진 수사결과처럼 변할 것은 없다. 사실관계는 발표된 것 그대로이고 이명박후보가 광운대 특강에서 자신이 BBK를 설립했다, 안했다는 국민여러분의 도덕적판단에 맡긴다”라는 취지의 짧은 브리핑을 했다는 것을 아십니까?

모르겠습니다.국민의 한사람으로서 정말 혼란스럽습니다.

어느 누구의 말이 맞는지는 알 수 없습니다.
진실은 밝혀 질 것이라는 믿음이 사라진지 오래이기 때문입니다.
되돌릴 수 없는, 그래서 이명박 후보가 대통령에 당선된 이후에 “이명박 특검”이 진행된다면,무엇이 달라 지겠습니까?

This moment, I would like to cry out as a person in the Republic of Korea. Even though the majority supports Lee Myung Bak, he will be the president, and it will be the best choice for democracy on the basis of the majority’s opinion…

The investigator said even though the problematic video clip has been publicized, “It’s not going to change the result that we inspected and made. We will leave it to the people’s moral judgement about what Lee Myung Bak said about establishing BBK in a special speech at Kwangwoon University.

I don’t know. I’m confused.

I don’t know who is right. My belief that the truth will be exposed has been gone a long time ago. Then, if the special investigation will continue after his victory, what will it make different?

A series of scandals and fights among politicians is simply described in a sentence.

거짓말의, 거짓말을 위한, 거짓말에 의한

Of lying, for lying, and by lying

While the media clearly demonstrates who is the most popular candidate, he is not popular on the internet or netizens, like Isha, are still confused over who they should vote for.

누굴찍냔말이지…나한테 가장 중요한 문제는 찍을 사람이 없다는거…

Who do I have to vote for?… The most important problem is that I don’t have anyone I can give my vote.

1 comment

  • This is the best reason I’ve ever seen for getting more women into politics. Perhaps these morons would act slightly less like hyperactive infants if there were ladies around.

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