Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts in protest over meat imports

29 Novembre, 2020, 12:03 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • In this image made from video lawmakers fight during a parliament session in Taipei Taiwan Friday Nov. 27 2020

The fight relates to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's decision to allow imports of USA pork containing ractopamine, a banned additive in a number of countries, including China and the European Union.

Achieving a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) between the USA and Taiwan has been a long-held dream among advocates of the overall bilateral relationship.

But the KMT has strongly opposed the decision, tapping into public concern about food safety after several high-profile scandals in recent years.

The new policy allows imports of pork with acceptable residues of ractopamine, a drug that some farmers add to animal feed to promote the growth of lean meat.

The additive enhances leanness in the meat, but is banned in the European Union and China, as well as in U.S. beef more than 30 months old.

The outlet noted that while the amount of US pork expected to be imported would only account for a small amount of the nation's consumption, citizens and political factions opposed to lifting the ban have protested fiercely against the policy change.

Premier Su Tseng-chang was due to give a regularly scheduled policy report on Friday morning about the pork policy when politicians from the opposing Kuomintang party (KMT) blocked his attempt to speak by dumping bags of pig organs. As the premier started speaking, a group of opposition lawmakers threw pig guts on the ground while some even exchanged blows.

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Meanwhile, this time, it may be the story of Vietnamese Parliament but such rambunctious incidents are not uncommon in the Indian parliament.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party, which commands a strong majority in parliament, hope the easing of restrictions will pave the way for an agreement.

The Indian Parliament building is reflected in a puddle after heavy rain during the monsoon session of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on July 20, 2018.

KMT lawmakers said in a statement that they were left with no choice but protest, explaining, "In order to protect people's health and protect the bottom line of food safety, the opposition party can not but resist".

The pork imports have become a major issue in the past few weeks in Taiwan, with huge demonstrations taking place last weekend in the capital Taipei.

However, ruckus in state legislatures is also not a big deal in India. Chairs were thrown and microphones were used as missiles, as the MLAs fought a pitched battle.

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