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Of­fal row: Tai­wan MPs hurl pig guts

- Politics · Taiwan · Kuomintang · Democratic Progressive Party · Democratic Progressive Party · Tsai Ing-wen · United States of America · China · Taipei · Progressive Party

POLITI­CIANS in Tai­wan threw pig guts – and punches – at each other over plans to al­low US meat im­ports.

Pre­mier Su Tseng- chang was due to dis­cuss the pol­icy in par­lia­ment when the op­pos­ing Kuom­intang party started emp­ty­ing bags of pig or­gans. The rul­ing Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party at­tempted to stop them, lead­ing to the con­fronta­tions.

Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen’s ad­min­is­tra­tion will lift a ban on im­ports of US pork and beef in Jan­uary, in a move seen as the first step towards a trade deal with the US.

But the de­ci­sion has been met with fierce op­po­si­tion, both from Kuom­intang and many or­di­nary cit­i­zens.

The ban was in place be­cause the pork prod­ucts con­tained residues of the feed ad­di­tive rac­topamine, used by some Amer­i­can farm­ers to pro­mote lean meat.

The ad­di­tive is banned in Europe and China over health fears. Last week, thou­sands marched in the Tai­wanese cap­i­tal Taipei to protest against the im­ports.

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