By: Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Chun-hua, Huang Kuo-fang and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 31 (CNA) While Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers moved Tuesday to block Premier Lin
Chuan (林全) from delivering a policy report, demanding that he should promise to maintain a ban on U.S. pork containing ractopamine residue, lawmakers of two minor opposition parties also expressed the same stance.
As the premier was due to give his first policy report to the Legislative Yuan after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power May 20, KMT lawmakers occupied the podium of the legislative chamber Tuesday to block Lin from addressing the Legislature.
Meanwhile, protesters and farmers from around Taiwan also rallied outside the Legislative Yuan, demanding that the DPP government not open the country’s doors to U.S.-imported pork containing traces of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine, which is currently banned in Taiwan.
Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), a lawmaker and chairman of the New Power Party (NPP), said after a legislative caucus meeting that his party has made clear its stance on maintaining a zero-tolerance policy on trances of ractopamine in imported pork. [FULL STORY]