Balloons, flour, scuffles, no work

COMMITTEE SESSION:Sixteen KMT lawmakers attended the review of the infrastructure development program’s special budget. Both sides appeared well-prepared for clashes

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

Chaos erupted again at the legislature yesterday, as more than a dozen Chinese

Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers yesterday hold up placards in an attempt to protect themselves from a barrage of water balloons thrown by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers bombarded their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) colleagues with water balloons, flour and eggs during a cross-committee meeting to review budget proposals for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.

The KMT lawmakers’ actions prompted the DPP caucus to push through the special budget and 126 motions to another cross-committee review, which means the special budget passed its intial review.

KMT caucus members first tried to filibuster the proceedings.

However, as soon as the last KMT lawmaker finished speaking, DPP Legislator Wang Jung-chang (王榮璋), who chaired the meeting, instructed an emcee to read the motions tendered by the DPP, the New Power Party (NPP) and the People First Party (PFP).

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