Parliament shut down after members threw water balloons at one another during brawl

By Mason White 5:36 PM October 22, 2017
Taiwan parliament members brawl
Taiwan parliament members brawl
By: Tanya Clark

For a second straight day, the parliament in Taiwan, was shot down after a large brawl broke out among legislators.

President Tsai Ing-wen and his party, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), introduced legislation on Thursday, including a plan to build many new light rail lines throughout the country.

The cost of the infrastructure bill stood at $14 billion.

The opposition Kuomintang party slammed the high cost of the bill and accused the president of using tax money to win the upcoming election by spending in districts favorable to his party.

On Thursday, when the bill was brought up for debate, Kuomintang party parliament members threw chair and water balloons.

A large brawl broke out and the session was suspended.

One parliament member suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

On Friday, when the bill was brought up for a second time.

However, the session was suspended again when a water balloon hit the prime minister.

A brawl broke out again and parliament members threw chairs and water balloons at one another.

Some members were grabbed by the throat.