February 26, 2024


South Korean opposition chief Lee Jae-myung is seen after he was injured in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. Sohn Hyung-joo/Yonhap through AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean opposition chief Lee Jae-myung was stabbed within the neck by an unidentified knife-wielding man throughout a go to Tuesday to the southeastern metropolis of Busan.

Busan’s emergency workplace stated Lee was attacked as he visited the development website of a brand new airport within the metropolis. It stated Lee, head of the principle opposition Democratic Occasion, was aware however his precise situation was unknown.

Lee slumped to the bottom, the place an individual pressed a handkerchief to his neck to cease the bleeding.

Movies circulated on social media confirmed the attacker, sporting a paper crown studying “I’m Lee Jae-myung,” being chased and tackled by a number of individuals. He was arrested on the spot.

A witness, Jin Jeong-hwa, informed YTN tv that the attacker approached Lee, saying he was a supporter and wished to get his autograph, after which abruptly took out a knife-like weapon and stabbed him within the neck. Jin stated Lee bled lots.

President Yoon Suk Yeol expressed deep concern about Lee’s well being and ordered authorities to analyze the assault, saying such violence wouldn’t be tolerated, based on Yoon’s workplace.

Lee misplaced the 2022 presidential election to Yoon by a slender margin.

Lee, a liberal former provincial governor, is thought for his outspoken type. His supporters see him as an anti-elitist hero who might reform institution politics, eradicate corruption and resolve rising financial inequality. Critics view him as a harmful populist who depends on stoking divisions and demonizing his conservative opponents.