November 28, 2020


Taiwanese Parliament: Yes! Grappling and scrumming are a way of life for Taiwanese politicians; this is especially true of their parliament or Legislative Yuan.

The notorious brawls frequently include getting physical; punches, hair-pulling, and throwing stuff like plastic bottles and water balloons at each other are quite the frequent go-to. There was even an especially heated argument some three years ago, in which chairs flew relentlessly over their heads, all due to an infrastructure spending bill. This time, though, they decided to “glam” it up.

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Pig Guts Fly at Taiwanese Parliament

A debate regarding US pork imports escalated quickly and a clash ensued, all due to opposing legislators being not too keen on letting in pork smothered in ractopamine, an additive banned by both Taiwan and the European Union. Since the additive is considered a threat to public health and animals, and the government had just recently decided to let the pork in, Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party consequently decided to let the pigs fly. And fly they did!

Instead of the usual suspects (chairs, bottles, whatnot), the opposition hurled bucket after bucket of pig intestines, all directed towards Premier Su Tseng-chang on Friday so he wouldn’t take questions in parliament. Blows were exchanged (of course, the staple currency) and the encounter was rather short-lived albeit vicious. The ruling party tried its best to deny the charge and issued a call to reason. The bloody mess between KMT legislators and Chen Po-wei from the Taiwan Statebuilding Party was condemned by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as “disgusting”, a “waste of food” and “stinky”. You don’t say…

The move to ease US pork imports starting January 1st made by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in August was welcomed by Washington; since then, it sparked protests in the form of an inflatable pig at the annual Autumn Struggle demonstrations, looking to oppose the imports.

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