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Korean MPs 'break in' to parliament

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A new parliamentary committee bill has sparked a fight between deputies in South Korea's National Assembly.

The ruling party tried to bar opposition deputies from the chamber where they were introducing legislation which would have begun the process of ratifying a contentious free trade agreement with the United States.

The opposition deputies used chisels, crowbars and sledgehammers to try to break into the meeting room through a barricade of furniture.

Fire extinguishers were set off by security guards in a bid to keep them out.

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