More than 70 lawmakers brawled in Taiwan's parliament on Monday, the first melee in the island nation's notoriously rambunctious seat of government since the ruling Nationalist Party swept to power two years ago.
Members of the anti-China opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wrestled and yanked the clothes of ruling Nationalist (KMT) MPs after commandeering the speaker's podium to block a law allowing local officials to be appointed instead of elected.
Three KMT legislators said they were hurt in the melee.
Taiwan legislators, once famous for brawls that had involved spraying water and throwing microphones, swore off fighting in January 2008, when the KMT expanded its majority and the overall number of MPs declined by a half.
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Brawls in parliament are seen as one way for the opposition to show voters that it stands tough on issues.
"A violent conflict erupted in the process after the DPP had exhausted other means to stop the law," the party said in a statement. The law passed after the brawl.