Taiwan lawmakers go for the jugular in parliament brawl

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | The Taiwan lawmakers’ brawl was broken up by about dozen people

TAIPEI (AFP) – 

Two Taiwanese lawmakers tried to choke each other during a brawl in the island’s parliament Thursday as the government of President Tsai Ing-wen pressed ahead with controversial reforms.

Female legislators from opposing camps had their hands on each other’s throats as a dozen colleagues pushed and shouted trying to separate them in the main chamber during a review of a major infrastructure project.

The opposition Kuomintang party is against the plan, saying it favours cities and counties faithful to Tsai’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and has been devised to secure support for the party ahead of next year’ s regional elections.

The project includes light rail lines, flood control measures and green energy facilities.

Critics have also questioned whether the whopping Tw$420 billion ($14 billion) cost of the project is really worthwhile.

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