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Brawl in Taiwan's parliament over China trade pact

Published on Mar 12, 2014 6:51 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's parliament descended into chaos on Wednesday as a punch-up broke out between lawmakers over a trade agreement with former rival China.

TV images of the fighting - broadcast live nationwide - showed one legislator being pushed to the ground while others grabbed each other by the collar.

Once notorious for its mass brawls, debates in the Taiwanese parliament have been relatively peaceful in recent years - with a few exceptions, including fights last year over a tax bill and a new nuclear plant.

Wednesday's violence stemmed from a deal between China and Taiwan signed in June, aimed at further opening trade in services between the pair, which split 65 years ago after a civil war.

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