Fight breaks out in Taiwanese Parliament

17-Jul-2017 Intellasia | Appsforpcdaily | 6:00 AM Print This Post

For the second day in a row a mass brawl broke out in parliament as tempers boiled over.

The video also shows liquids and water balloons being thrown around.

The infrastructure development plan has been treated by President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration as its key economic stimulus project.

On Thursday, Premier Lin Chuan (the head of Taiwan’s government and one of Tsai’s most significant subordinates) was presenting his report on the project budget when a water balloon sailed through the air and hit him in the head.

Lin stood on the sidelines again today, unable to start speaking as chaos erupted around him.

Members from the ruling and opposition parties were seen grabbing each other and throwing water bombs.

Lin retreated from the chamber as the session ground to a halt, with lawmakers attacking one another.

ORDER! ORDER! Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Cheng Yunpeng (centre L) and Wu Ping-jui (centre R, obscured by chair) brandish chairs while facing demonstrating main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and People First Party (PFP) legislators calling for a boycott of the forward-looking project at the Parliament in Taipei on Friday.

Yesterday DPP lawmaker Chiu Yi-ying, 46, clashed with KMT MP Hsu Shu-hua, 41.

President of the Legislative Yuan, Su Chia-chyuan pleaded for calm as the pair exchanged blows saying “Everyone is watching”.

They’ve also criticised the bill’s daunting NT$420 billion ($13.8 billion) price tag.

The DPP has seen its approval ratings plummet to less than 40 percent since the president took office in May past year. A DPP attempt to expand social welfare in April led to violent protests as demonstrators fought with politicians and police. Parliament was also plunged into chaos late past year when opposing lawmakers brawled in the chamber, as labour activists set off smoke bombs outside in protest at proposed holiday cuts.


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