SEOUL, South Korea — Police entered Parliament on Thursday to allow the ruling party to approve a government plan to arrest an opposition lawmaker for criticizing the country's anti-Communist policies, witnesses said.
About 60 members of the New Korea Democratic Party had ringed the podium in the main chamber and stopped Speaker Lee Chai Hyung from opening a session for a vote.
Lee then called in about 500 policemen to prevent the opposition members from entering another room at the National Assembly, where the ruling party forced the plan through. Witnesses said New Korea Democratic Party members wrestled with policemen but could not break a police cordon.
Members of President Chun Doo Hwan's Democratic Justice Party, which holds a majority in the 276-member National Assembly, passed the vote allowing the government to arrest deputy Yoo Sung Hwan. State prosecutors accuse Yoo of supporting North Korean propaganda aimed at making the south Communist. They said they will charge him with violating the National Security Law, which carries a maximum penalty of death by hanging.