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Park hurt at ceremony by angry female unionists

Former Grand National Party chairwoman Park Geun-hye sustained a scratch on her left wrist yesterday after five female hospital union workers attempted to attack her during a groundbreaking ceremony in Daegu.

Park was attending a groundbreaking ceremony for an extension of the Daegu subway in Hwawon-eup, Dalseong.

“I am deeply touched at the start of this long-awaited project, which I’ve looked forward to ever since entering politics in 1998,” Park said during a speech.

As soon as Park took her seat, five women crying, “Normalization for the union at Yeungnam University Medical Center!” rushed Park, and she was scratched. Bodyguards came to Park’s aid and pushed the attackers away.

Yeungnam University Medical Center has had union protests and strikes for over five years. Park was the chairwoman of the medical center from 1980 to 1988.

An official with Park said she was “scratched by someone’s fingernail” and it was “nothing to worry about.”

Park is known to have increased her security after she was attacked by a man with a blade in Seoul and sustained a cut on her face during a campaign appearance in 2006.

The attacker four years ago confessed to police his intention to harm the then-party chairwoman. The five women who staged the protest said they had not meant to injure Park.


By Christine Kim [christine.kim@joongang.co.kr]

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