South Korean Opposition Leader Stabbed in Neck During Event
There was a terrifying moment during a public appearance by South Korean Democratic Party (DP) leader Lee Jae-myung.
As Lee was speaking with members of the crowd, a man in a paper crown hat approached Lee, acting as though he wanted an autograph.
When he got close enough to Lee, he lunged forward, striking Lee in the neck, with Lee immediately falling to the ground in distress.
According to local reports, the injury was in the area of his jugular vein, and he was suffering from “life-threatening injuries.”
Lee, arguably one of the most prominent politicians in South Korea, narrowly missed out on being elected as president of South Korea in 2022.
Yoon Suk-Yeol wound up prevailing in the election, and the mudslinging from both sides would have made American politicians proud.
Yoon won slightly less than 16.4 million votes, with Lee winning 16.15 million, losing by only 0.73%.
After losing the election, Lee won a seat in the National Assembly, where he was immediately accused of taking bribes.
In protest of the allegations, Lee went on a hunger strike, insisting the allegations were false.
The stabbing incident took place in Busan, where Lee was promoting the location as a future sight for a new airport.
The Korea JoongAng Daily had reported that more than three dozen officers were on duty that day, with not a single one of them stepping forward to help Lee during the stabbing.
It was later revealed that the man who attacked Lee used a small knife in the attack.
The media only identified the attacker as “Kim,” stating that he had a history of belonging to the Democrat Party and was a local real estate agent.
Lee is expected to recover from the attack.
Yoon’s People Power Party (PPP) leader Han Dong-hoon responded to the attack, stating, “Regardless of our political affiliations, we, as a unified whole, must remain steadfast and express our hopes for the swift recovery of our political adversary.
“To consider the attack as if it had happened to oneself is something that a sophisticated party like our People Power Party and sophisticated citizens could extend to a fellow citizen.”