SNU Dean Assaulted by Supporters of Stem Cell Researcher Hwang Woo-suk

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 23, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

SNU Dean Assaulted by Supporters of Stem Cell Researcher Hwang Woo-suk Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 23, 2006

Washington, DC ( — A crowd of angry supporters of disgraced embryonic stem cell research scientist Hwang Woo-suk assaulted the dean of research affairs at Seoul National University on Wednesday because they are upset with the university’s decision sacking him as a professor after determining his research was fabricated.

Prof. Roe Jung-hye was attacked in broad daylight by what the South Korean Chosun Ilbo newspaper called "an angry throng" of protesters.

The newspaper reported that the assault on Roe, a middle-aged woman, included twisting her arms and ripping her hair out.

Witnesses reported that Roe had just driven to her SNU office Wednesday morning when she came under attack. She heard someone calling her name and turned around and was confronted by a group of 10 people.

"As I passed by I looked over at those who were demonstrating, and then all of the sudden the people who had been loudly shouting out their (pro-Hwang) slogans suddenly came towards me and grabbed my hair," she told the Chosun paper.

"[T]hen the rest began to join in the violence," she added.

Some of Roe’s hair was completely pulled out and her wrists were bruised from the incident.

"I’m speechless to think that such an outrageous thing could occur," she told the Chosun.

"Other than the bruising, I don’t have any injuries, and what I do not want is for this situation to grow any more serious," Roe concluded.

The newspaper reports that pro-Hwang supporters have been protesting outside SNU since February 20 when the university’s discipline committee indicated Hwang and his team could no longer conduct research there and that Hwang would be stripped of his title as professor of veterinary medicine.