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  • BY JOHN O'CONNOR

  • Lawmakers in Taiwan took the term "political battle" to a whole new level Friday morning

  • after an all-out brawl took over the floor of the country's parliament.

  • They stopped trading political blows in favor of real ones as a highly contentious debate

  • over the construction of a nuclear power plant got a little too heated. (Via Fox News)

  • Lawmakers also doused each other with water. Activists at the back of the room even tied

  • the chamber doors shut, as if to signify no one would be leaving until they "hammered"

  • this issue out. (Via BBC)

  • The debate was over whether Taiwan should finish construction on its fourth nuclear

  • power plant.

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Taiwan's Nationalist party holds the majority of parliament

  • and favors the plant's construction, but the country's Democratic Progressive Party has

  • long opposed nuclear power ...

  • ... pointing to safety concerns in the wake of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima,

  • which saw the release of radioactive materials after an earthquake and tsunami triggered

  • a nuclear meltdown at the plant there. (Via YouTube / RussiaToday)

  • Taiwan was once notorious for big brawls, however the last few years have been peaceful,

  • with legislators solving issues using their words instead of their fists.  

  • But, The Telegraph points out that in 2013, Taiwan has returned to its old ways. Earlier

  • this year, they got physical with each other over a different issuecapital tax gains.

  • So how does Taiwan's latest bench-clearer stack-up against some of the best parliamentary

  • brawls across the world? Let's take a look.

  • In 2009, South Korea's parliament descended into chaos after several female lawmakers

  • got into it over a disputed media billgrappling each other and screaming at the top of their

  • lungs. (Via YouTube / HalbertisNewsBank)

  • But it is Ukraine that takes the cake when it comes to parliamentary battle royales.

  • Earlier this year, lawmakers exchanged powerful punches, and even used rotten eggs as weapons.

  • Luckily, umbrellas were on hand. (Via MSNBC)

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Taiwan Lawmakers Brawl Over Nuke Plant Vote

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    Simon N. Liu posted on 2013/10/20
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