During a visit to the southern port city of Busan on Tuesday, South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck.
The scene was as brutal as it was shocking, as a man approached and then very quickly slammed something into Lee's neck.
South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck during a visit to the city of Busan, police said.
Warning: This video shows the moment of the stabbing.
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It's not just America that deals with polarized politics. The attack on Lee comes just 18 months after the assassination of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Fox News reports:
A Democratic Party official and a fire department official told Reuters that Lee, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, was conscious and had been airlifted to Busan National University Hospital. Yonhap reported that an unidentified man attacked him during a tour of the proposed airport site.
The attack left a wound on Lee's neck about one centimeter long, according to YTN TV.
News photos showed that the suspected attacker appeared to be a man in his 50s or 60s and was wearing a paper crown with Lee's name printed on it. Video footage showed he approached Lee and asked for an autograph among a crowd of supporters before lunging forward and attacking. The assailant was quickly brought under control and arrested at the scene.
The Busan Ilbo daily newspaper reported that the attacker refused to answer police questions about his motives.
The report and photos of the accident scene show that the public reacted quickly to apply pressure to the wound.
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South Korea's president quickly condemned the attack
The current president, Yoon Suk-yeol, condemned the attack and wished Lee a speedy recovery.
Yoon narrowly defeated Lee in a controversial election in 2022.
Despite South Korea's strict gun restrictions, the country has a history of political violence involving other weapons.
South Korea is scheduled to hold its next parliamentary elections next April.
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