Punches, Water Balloons Thrown in Taiwanese Parliament Fight

Punches, Water Balloons Thrown in Taiwanese Parliament Fight

Taiwanese lawmakers throw punches and water balloons inside the legislature – the third parliamentary brawl in the past two weeks – over the nomination of the head of a top government watchdog.

A legislator from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party was caught on camera punching an opposition party member during a vote on nominee Chen Chu.

Kuomintang lawmakers later threw water balloons at the speakers’ podium, forcing their DPP colleagues to don plastic raincoats and hold up cardboard shields.

The parliament in Taipei was once notorious for mass brawls, and has been the scene of frequent protests.

Scuffles broke out over reform policies and pension cuts when President Tsai Ing-wen first took office, four years ago.

(AFP)


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