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Ruling party leader attacked by unknown man while campaigningBy Shin Ji-hye
Published : March 7, 2022 - 14:25
The suspect, arrested at the scene and transferred to a nearby police station, was seen wearing a hanbok-like outfit and was reportedly a YouTuber. He hit Song with a blunt weapon covered several times with a black bag, according to an official at the scene.
The ruling party released a statement, saying the perpetrator is being investigated by police in Seodaemun-gu, and the investigative agency will reveal the details of the case. "Disturbing election campaigns with violence is a serious threat to democracy," the statement added.
Song was scheduled to participate in a campaign event at 12:15 p.m. at the square in front of Uplex in Sinchon. But he canceled his appearance to receive medical treatment and rest, the party said.
The main opposition People Power Party released a statement condemning "violent acts that threaten democracy" and wished Song a speedy recovery, adding "violence is unacceptable for any reason.” The party called on the police to clarify the case through a swift and rigorous investigation into the perpetrator.
This is not the first time a politician has been attacked during an election campaign season.
On May 20, 2006, Park Geun-hye -- the eventual president from 2013 to 2017 -- launched a campaign to support then-Seoul mayoral candidate Oh Se-hoon as the representative of the conservative Grand National Party in an alley near the Hyundai Department Store also in Sinchon.
A 50-year-old man named Ji Choong-ho attacked Park and cut her face with a box cutter.
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