Selin ATAY-TDO- Parliamentarians in Taiwan have thrown pig guts at each other before coming to blows over plans to allow Washington meat imports.
Members of the opposition Chinese nationalist party (KMT) brought the offal to the legislative yuan in the latest of daily protests during parliamentary sittings.
During a policy speech by the premier, KMT members waved banners, blew whistles and hurled buckets of guts. When ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP) legislators intervened, the situation escalated into a chaos. The aftermath revealed torn placards and raw guts strewn across the floor.
The DPP government’s recent decision to lift a ban on Washington pork and beef imports has been faced with fierce opposition by the KMT and some of the Taiwanese.
The ban had related to pork products with residue of the feed additive ractopamine, used by some farmers in the America to promote lean meat. However, ractopamine is banned in Europe and China. Oppositions fear ractopamine is a health threat and the KMT has accused the government of rushing the new regulations through.
The issue of meat imports featured at an annual protest held in Taipei last weekend.
After the incident, The DPP said in the statement that the KMT’s actions were “disgusting” and a waste of food. On the other hand, the KMT said of the protest that “In order to protect people’s health and protect the bottom line of food safety, the opposition party cannot but resist.”