Legislators scuffle, premier thwarted

LEGISLATIVE CHAOS:No more than five minutes into the session, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan advised Premier Lin Chuan to leave and ended the meeting

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 15, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

After a presentation on the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program by

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wu Ping-jui, second right, holds up a chair to protect himself from water balloons thrown by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) was yesterday once again blocked by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) bypassed a legislative question-and-answer session to send the Executive Yuan’s budget proposals to a committee review.

As soon as Su announced the start of the plenary session, KMT legislators, who had stayed in the chamber overnight, started shouting slogans, sounding air horns, blowing whistles, and throwing water balloons and fake banknotes to prevent Lin from reaching the podium.

KMT caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) threw a water balloon at DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡). Wu countered by tossing a chair toward Lin Wei-chou, which missed.

DPP Legislator Chuang Ruei-hsiung (莊瑞雄) threw water from a vacuum flask at KMT lawmakers, who hit back with water balloons. Chuang then lifted up a chair and threatened to hurl it toward his KMT colleagues.

DPP caucus secretary-general Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) scuffled with KMT Legislator Alex Fei (費鴻泰), while DPP Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) and KMT Legislator Hsu Chih-jung (徐志榮) also came to blows.    [FULL  STORY]

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