Thai opposition MPs in Parliament brawl with police
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's Parliament briefly descended into chaos on Tuesday as opposition lawmakers brawled with police during a debate on controversial proposals to amend the constitution.
Scuffles broke out after 57 members of the opposition Democrat party stood up simultaneously to voice their objections to the plans and refused to be silenced by the Speaker.
Television images showed politicians surrounded by police and grappling with them as they were marched towards the exit of the chamber, while screams were heard in the background.
"I was the first to be grabbed. The Speaker of the House told the Parliament police officers to take the ones who were standing out of the room," opposition lawmaker Nipit Intarasombut said. "It was chaotic."