Lawmakers from Taiwan’s main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) threw pig guts and fights with other lawmakers in parliament on Friday (Nov. 27) as they tried to stop the prime minister from placing question, in a fierce controversy about the loosening of US pork imports.
In August, President Tsai Ing-wen announced the government would allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine, a lean lean additive banned in the European Union and China, as well as beef. America for more than 30 months. old.
While being welcomed in Washington and removing barriers to a long-standing US free trade deal with Taiwan, the KMT has strongly opposed the decision, brushing public concerns. about food safety after a number of well-known scandals in recent years.
Since the latest parliamentary session began in mid-September, the KMT has opposed the decision on pork by preventing Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang from submitting regular reports and answering questions by occupying the podium where he spoke.
Bored with paralysis, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided to make sure Su can speak on Friday and form a protective barrier around him as he moves in, when The Kuomintang lawmakers blow whistles, holding banners and gas horn sounds.
When Su started to speak, KMT lawmakers threw buckets of pig intestines his way, and some exchanged with each other, with the brief but malicious encounter between a group of lawmakers. KMT and Chen Po-wei from the Small Taiwan State Construction Party.
Su quickly withdrew, but then turned around to try and answer questions, his words overshadowed by the KMT lawmakers.
The DPP condemned the protests, saying in a statement that throwing pig intestines was a “stinking” waste food on parliament floors and “disgusting”, calling for a return to the proper debate. physical.
The KMT said that the decision on pork was quickly passed and a health threat, DPP denied.
Taiwan is a diverse democracy, and fighting is not uncommon in parliament.