South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck by an unknown man during a visit to the southeastern city of Busan. Lee, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, was immediately taken to hospital. The police confirmed his consciousness, but his health condition is currently unknown.
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The attack occurred as Lee was walking through a crowd of people after completing a tour of the new airport site in Busan. The attacker, who pretended to be a supporter, approached him, saying he wanted his autograph, and then stabbed him in the neck with a knife. Lee fell to the ground when someone approached him and squeezed a tissue to stop the bleeding. The attacker was arrested, but during interrogation, according to Yonhap News Agency, he refused to provide details about the reason for his gesture.
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The Democratic Party described what happened as a “terrorist attack against Li and a serious threat to democracy” and called on the police to conduct a comprehensive and rapid investigation into the incident. President Yeon Suk-yeol expressed deep concern about Lee's health and ordered authorities to investigate.
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