Why Taiwan’s politicians shoved, threw water on each other in Parliament | Watch

Taiwan’s legislators are notoriously known for brawls that occasionally involve throwing objects such as microphones and water balloons.

world Updated: Jul 20, 2017 12:52 IST
Reuters, Taipei
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Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Chen Ming-Wen scuffles with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hsu Yu-Jen (R) at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan.(Reuters Photo)

Politicians scuffled in Taiwan’s parliament on Tuesday during a heated debate over how billions of dollar for an infrastructure development plan will be allocated.

Members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition Nationalist party threw water and shoved each other to the floor of the legislature, according to video of the melee shown on Taiwan’s FTV network.

Here’s a look:

Why?

The DPP-backed Infrastructure Development Programme was approved this month and is aimed at bolstering domestic demand and rebalancing the island’s economy away from its reliance on exports.

The $12.6 billion plan was only half the size of the original stimulus plan announced by the cabinet in March, part of the DPP’s political compromise to get it through parliament.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Chao Tien-lin (left) scuffles with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) legislators during budget meeting for the infrastructure development program, at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. (Reuters Photo)

Opposition lawmakers criticised the original plan as going beyond the four-year term limit of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her party.

The fracas was fuelled by a disagreement over how the funds should be allocated.

Notorious for scuffles

Taiwan’s legislators are notoriously rambunctious and known for brawls that occasionally involve throwing objects such as microphones and water balloons.

Last week, the Taiwanese parliament descended into chaos after lawmakers again tackled and threw chairs at each other, NBC news video shows.

Fights in parliament are seen as one way for the opposition to show voters that it stands tough on issues.

Parliamentary debate descending to physical violence is hardly an issue unique to Taiwan, with legislators in many countries including Turkey, Ukraine and South Korea also having come to blows in the past.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 12:50 IST