Pork flies to Taiwan parliament over US imports

Taiwan is a fierce democracy, and fighting in parliament is not uncommon.

Taipei:

On Friday, lawmakers from Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), threw pork with other lawmakers in parliament and traded punches as they tried to avoid major issues in the controversy over the mitigation of pork imports into the United States.

President Tsai Ing-wen announced in August that the government would allow imports of American pork from January 1, including rectopamine, an additive that increases leanness but is banned in the European Union and China. , as well as over 30 months in the United States. Until old.

Welcoming Washington and derailing a much-sought after route in the wake of the U.S. Taiwan Free Trade Agreement, the KMT has expressed public concerns about food safety after several high-profile scandals in recent years while firmly opposing to this decision.

As the last session of parliament began in mid-September, the KMT protested the boar’s decision to prevent Prime Minister Su Tseng-Chang from giving regular reports and questioning the podium taking and the place where he speaks.

Suffering from paralysis, the ruling Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) decided to make sure Su could speak on Friday and formed a protective barrier around him as KMT MPs whistled, banner applied and sounded. Air horn.

As Su began to speak, KMT lawmakers threw bucket pigs in their path, and there were a few small encounters between KMT lawmakers from a small Taiwanese state building party and a group of Chen Po-wei.

Su quickly withdrew, but returned later to try to question him, his words overwhelmed by KMT deputies.

The DPP condemned the protest, saying in a statement that throwing pork results in food waste that “staggers” Parliament and is “disgusting”, calling for a return to rational debate.

The KMT says the pork decision was taken in haste and poses a health hazard, the DPP denied.

The KMT said of Friday’s protest: “To protect people’s health and protect the food security benefits, the opposition party cannot resist.”

Taiwan is a fierce democracy, and fighting in parliament is not uncommon.

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