Fight caught on video stirs anger on Internet

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Fight caught on video stirs anger on Internet

A video clip posted online has stirred public ire over a 31-year-old American man who beat up a 59-year-old Korean man, surnamed Je, in Itaewon on Oct. 2.

The 1-minute-40-second video clip with the title “A video clip of foreigner beating up a old Korean man” (http://tvpot.daum.net/clip/ClipView.do?clipid=27367294) shows two young Korean men trying to stop the altercation between the American and the Korean.

The video shows that the two Korean men tried to keep the American man away from the older man. However, the American ran up to the Korean and punched him several times until the Korean fell down.

When passers-by stopped the American man, he shouted, “I fought in Iraq for six years to put up with your bulls---! You mother f------ prick! I killed more men than you f------ ever met. F--- you!”

The video clip spread quickly, fueling anger among Internet users, some of whom said the American should be punished. The video has been viewed by thousands online.

“[Does the] Korean government deserve to collect taxpayers’ money despite having failed to protect its own citizen who lives in Korea?” one Internet user wrote.

Other Internet users fluent in English lashed out at the American man who used violent language with the older man.

The police, who investigated the incident, said no charges would be filed because neither men wanted to pursue the matter.


By Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]


A video clip shows a foreigner approaching a Korean man to beat him up in Seoul, which has drawn public outrage over the incident. [YONHAP]

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