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Liberty Korea Party chairman starts hunger strike

Main opposition Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hwang Kyo-ahn began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest President Moon Jae-in’s foreign and domestic policies.

Hwang Kyo-ahn in front of Cheong Wa Dae (Yonhap)
Hwang Kyo-ahn in front of Cheong Wa Dae (Yonhap)

Hwang demanded Moon extend the military intel-sharing pact with Japan and scrap his income-led growth economic initiative.

Hwang also urged Moon to withdraw disputed fast-tracked bills, including election and anti-corruption body proposals, which Hwang said serve the ruling party’s interests.

“I now go on indefinite hunger strike to block a national crisis,” said Hwang. “I am here to defend our country, our future generations. I’m ready to die.”

As of 9:30 pm Wednesday, Hwang was in front of Cheong Wa Dae. But due to security protocols, Hwang may move to the National Assembly to carry on his fast.

A ruling Democratic Party of Korea spokesperson commented, “He’s got no cause here whatever. The fasting does only harm.”

“If he wants to do something, find a way to cooperate with fellow representatives to wrap up the remaining session at the National Assembly,” the spokesperson said.

Other opposition lawmakers struck a similar note.

“Hwang’s hunger strike won’t solve this administration’s problems. He knows that better than others,” said a spokesperson for the minor conservative Bareunmirae Party.

“Why the sudden strike? It’s so random. He should quit his job, not food,” a minor liberal Justice Party spokesperson commented.

“People are just too tired of this political wrangling,” Lee Jeong-mi, another Justice Party member, wrote on Facebook.

“Hwang is now ever closer to completing two of the three things politicians shouldn’t do in the 21st century,” said Park Jie-won, a longtime liberal representative who is now an independent, “among shaving (one’s) head, fasting and stepping down.”

“Next in line would be resignation,” Park noted.

By Choi Si-young (