Taiwanese lawmakers are tossing pork casings and punches over meat imports

The fight erupted on Friday as opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party members tossed their fellow pigskins and intestines to prevent the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) prime minister Su Tseng-chang from questioning, the independent island state said. broadcaster, the Central News Agency. Some members then exchanged punches briefly.

Footage of the legislative yuan shows the offal lying on the red floor of parliament and some of his legislative clothes.

The debate led to the decision by President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan to authorize the importation of American pork containing ractopamine, a feed additive that is banned in many countries, including China and the European Union.

Tsai, head of the DPP, announced in August that imports would be allowed from January 1, 2021.

Before the prime minister’s speech on Friday, Tsai posted on his Facebook page, stressing that Taiwan is a free market.

“I know there are different opinions in our country, but this is a problem that any political party has to face,” he wrote. “U.S. pork and beef imports have more choice in the market, people aren’t forced to eat it.”

Parliamentary battles are not uncommon in democratic Taiwan. In 2017, for example, politicians threw chairs and water at each other after arguing for days on an infrastructure project.

We have updated this story to clarify the proposal to parliament.