VIDEO: It Could Be Worse

Posted: Nov 22, 2011 11:45 AM

As acrimonious as American politics can get sometimes, at least our politicans don't fire tear gas at each other inside the Capitol.  The chaotic scene inside South Korea's parliament earlier today:

What ignited this melee?

South Korea's ruling party forced a long-stalled free trade deal with the United States through parliament Tuesday, enraging opposition lawmakers who blasted their political rivals with tear gas.  South Korean lawmakers voted 151 to 7 in favor of ratifying the landmark trade agreement in a surprise legislative session called by the ruling Grand National Party, parliamentary officials said.

Shouts and screams filled the National Assembly as ruling party lawmakers forced their way onto the parliamentary floor. Amid the scuffling, one opposition lawmaker doused rivals with tear gas. Security guards hustled him out of the chamber as he shouted and tried to resist. Outside the National Assembly building, opponents of the deal scuffled with police mobilized to maintain order.

UPDATE - This incident inspired me to commemorate a few additional great moments in parliamentary brawling: