Lee Jae-myeong, leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, who is continuing his indefinite hunger strike, was spotted looking increasingly tired due to schedules such as the prosecution investigation.
On the 10th, the 11th day of fasting, Representative안전놀이터 Lee lay down on a bed in a tent in front of the main building of the National Assembly. When Representative Hong Seong-guk and Representative Lee Yong-bin of the Democratic Party visited that day, Representative Lee smiled and said, “I even dreamed of eating meat yesterday.” However, his speech suddenly slowed down and he looked haggard, so he was soon helped and laid down.
Kwon Chil-seung, chief spokesperson of the Democratic Party, met with reporters that day and said, “Representative Lee’s physical strength has decreased significantly,” and “There is no set date for how long he will fast.”
Representative Lee appeared at the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Office the day before and complained of health problems while being investigated as a third-party bribery suspect from 10:30 a.m., and the investigation was stopped at about 6:40 p.m., about 8 hours later. The day before, considering the health condition of Representative Lee, who was fasting, the prosecution sought cooperation from Ajou University Hospital and had a doctor wait in the waiting room next to the interrogation room on the 15th floor. Additionally, the investigation was conducted with an ambulance deployed outside the government building. The prosecution notified him to reappear on the 12th for the remainder of the investigation.
Representative Lee, who came out after completing the prosecution investigation, said, “I feel sympathy for the political prosecutors who tried to fabricate a crime with information that cannot be accepted based on common sense,” and added, “As expected, not a single piece of evidence was presented. He criticized, “I spent this long time talking about former Ssangbangwool Chairman Kim Seong-tae’s words that I just heard about, unfounded circumstances, and unrelated provincial government-related stories.”
Representative Lee, who later returned to the protest site, appeared lying down on a bedding and a pillow, unlike the way he had been sitting upright and maintaining his position. Representative Lee’s sit-in protest was held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the remaining 12 hours were spent resting in the party leader’s office at the National Assembly headquarters.
Despite Representative Lee’s indefinite fast, there is no response from the government or ruling party. At a press conference to mark the first anniversary of his inauguration held on August 31, Representative Lee declared an indefinite hunger strike and demanded an apology from the President for destroying the people’s livelihood and damaging democracy, a stance against the discharge of Japan’s nuclear contaminated water, and a comprehensive reform of government affairs and a cabinet reshuffle.
As the hunger strike continued, Representative Lee’s message became even stronger. Representative Lee recently made a statement suggesting the ‘impeachment’ of President Yoon Seok-yeol, saying, “Democracy requires pulling down people who act against the will of the people and the welfare of the people.”
Even in the opposition party, mentions of ‘presidential impeachment’ are noticeably increasing during Representative Lee’s hunger strike. Rep. Kim Doo-kwan, a pro-Lee Jae-myeong faction, said at the plenary session of the National Assembly on the 5th, “If the reckless tyranny continues, the only thing that awaits is impeachment.” Rep. Jin Seong-jun also said on SBS Radio’s ‘Kim Tae-hyun’s Politics Show’ on the 7th, “The Constitution states that the President can be impeached if he violates the Constitution and laws.” He added, “President Yoon continues to say and do things that seem to deny the basic spirit and values of the Constitution. “It is true that I came,” he added.
The People Power Party is strongly protesting against such mention of impeachment. Representative Kim Ki-hyun demanded, “The Democratic Party must stop its actions of inciting civil war by threatening to impeach the president elected by the people in order to overcome the crisis within the party,” and Chief Spokesperson Yoo Sang-beom also said, “The opposition party’s behavior of continuously mentioning impeachment is due to the actions of the people above the Constitution.” He pointed out, “This is tantamount to inciting rebellion against an elected government that was created by choice.”