Brawl erupts in South Korean parliament (video)

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A massive brawl erupted in the South Korean parliament Wednesday as the conservative ruling party passed a bill that allows print media companies to own up to a 20% share in the broadcast medium.

The clash between lawmakers occurred inside the main chamber of Parliament with an angry exchange of words. Women legislators from the rival parties joined in the scuffle, grabbing each other by the neck and trying to bring opponents to the floor.

Dozens of people were injured and one opposition lawmaker was taken to hospital.

Media property cross-ownership is a practice that is common in other countries but may reshape political influence in South Korea because journalists there are openly partisan in their reporting and newspapers and TV stations are politically divided.

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South Korea: Fight in Parliament, Seoul on July 22, 2009 – video powered by Metacafe