Shocking videos have emerged of lawmakers throwing pig intestines and other internal organs into Taiwan’s parliament in a violent row over US pork imports.
The bizarre incident took place when members of the main opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) complained about a recent government decision to allow the importation of American pork containing ractopamine, an addictive substance that is banned for pig use in the country.
Taiwan’s ruling party has denied the charge and called for a return to rational debate.
The clip, which was widely shared on social media today (Nov. 27), shows lawmakers hurling buckets of pig intestines, pig hearts and hides at Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang in an attempt to dissuade him from answering questions in parliament.
Some are seen holding signs with slogans rejecting the decision while others can hear whistles blowing in the area.
The chaotic scene also sees members of rival parties pushing each other into the atrium as guards rush in to separate them.
Some of them exchange punches and blows with other MPs during the skirmishes at the parliament building in Taiwan’s capital Taipei.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemned the “disgusting” protest, calling it a waste of food that parliament “smelled” when they pushed for a return to rational debate, Reuters reported.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced in August that the government would allow imports of US ractopamine-containing pork from January 1.
The additive increases the leanness of the meat, but is banned in the European Union and China, as well as in beef over 30 months old.
This announcement was welcomed in Washington, removing a roadblock for a long-sought-after free trade agreement between the US and Taiwan.