KMT legislators keep Lai from speaking

PENT-UP ANGER: The KMT caucus blocked the first legislative session demanding that the premier address the scandals over ‘comfort women’ and transitional justice

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday boycotted an administrative report

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) lawmakers have placed slogans on the legislative floor and stand in front of the rostrum to block the legislative session in protest about a scandal at the Transitional Justice Commission in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

by Premier William Lai (賴清德) and paralyzed legislative proceedings on the first day of the new legislative session.

At about 8am — one hour before a Legislative Yuan plenary — KMT lawmakers occupied the rostrum and blocked the entrance to the legislative chamber, where Lai was to deliver his report.

KMT caucus members originally planned to bar Lai from entering the legislature compound, but the premier arrived 15 minutes before they did, KMT caucus secretary-general William Tseng (曾銘宗) said.

The legislators accused Lai of apathy toward an incident earlier this month, when a Japanese representative of the Alliance for Truth About Comfort Women was seen in a video allegedly kicking a statue of a “comfort woman” next to the KMT’s Tainan chapter.

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