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May 18th Insulting Public Hearing Session Turned Political World Upside Down

“광주 폭동, 북한군 개입”…‘5·18모독 공청회정치권 발칵

May 18th Insulting Public Hearing Session Turned Political World Upside Down

 

Criticism and public outrage continued as some members of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party held a hearing on the May 18 Democratic Uprising on Friday calling the movement a riot orchestrated by North Korean troops.

 

Yeongju Ahn has more.

 

As some main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) lawmakers hosted a public hearing session defining the May 18th Democratic Uprising as a riot intervened by North Korean troops, other parties including the ruling Democratic Party harshly denounced the hosting lawmakers and said they will bring this case to the National Assembly ethics commission.

       

Democratic Party floor leader Hong Yeong Pyo held an emergency press conference and said that the LKP held a May 18th public hearing session at the National Assembly last week and the session was full of criminal slander. Hong urged the LKP to immediately clarify if they regard May 18th as a riot intervened by North Korean troops.

 

Meanwhile, the Party for Democracy and Peace decided on a plan for the organization of a ‘Liberty Korea Party May 18th Slander Special Committee’ on the same day. The party spokesperson Kim Jeong Hyeon said the Democratic Party and Bareun Mirae Party along with the Justice Party all agreed to report this case and 3 LKP law makers to the ethics committee of the National Assembly.

 

Regarding this, the LKP Interim Leader Kim Byeong Jun said on his Facebook, the May 18th Democratic Uprising served as a foundation of the liberal democracy development of this nation, while the same party floor leader Na Kyeong Won said the active discussion on the democratic movements are necessary, however, it is not right to turn back the time about the established of historic facts on May 18th democratic uprising.

 

Meanwhile, last Friday, LKP lawmakers Kim Jin Tae and Lee Jong Myeong invited far-right conservative commentator Ji Man Won who insists on the intervention of North Korean troops during the May 18th democratic uprising to the public hearing session held at the National Assembly, where Ji stirred up controversy by saying Jeon Du Hwan is a hero and that the May 18th Men of Merit are a group of monsters consisting of pro-north Korean forces.

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