Clash erupted between members of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Thursday July 8, the first day of parliament debate over the controversial ECFA trade agreement with China.
The fight broke out after the Legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng announced that the ECFA ratification bill will go on to the second reading, despite the opposition from the DPP. For about six minutes, lawmakers from both sides threw papers, water, and trash can at each other. Two legislators, the KMT’s Wu Yu-sheng, who was hit by a small clock, and the DPP’s Kuo Wen-chen, who was thrown off a podium, were hospitalized. A few others were injured after the clash.
The ECFA was signed between Taiwan and Mainland China last week as an unprecedented step towards reconciliation between the two. While the KMT believes that the agreement will boost the island’s economy, the DPP fears that it will undermine Taiwan’s de facto independence. The conflict over the issue has been expected since the DPP’s request for the article-by-article reviews and votes was rejected by the KMT, who insisted on one vote for the whole agreement package.
Taiwan lawmakers brawl over China trade pact [AFP , 9 July 2010]
Taiwan legislature clashes mark start of ECFA review [Taiwan News, 9 July 2010]