Furious officials throw pig guts as fistfights break out in parliamentary debate

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Shocking video has emerged of lawmakers throwing pig guts and other internal organs inside Taiwan's parliament in a violent row over US pork imports.

The bizarre incident took place when members of the main opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) complained over a recent government decision to allow the import of US pork containing ractopamine, an addictive banned for pig use in the country.

Taiwan's ruling party denies the charge and called for a return to rational debate.

The clip, which was widely shared on social media today (November 27), shows the lawmakers hurling buckets of pig intestines, pig hearts, and skins towards Premier Su Tseng-chang in a bid to stop him from taking questions in parliament.

Some are seen holding placards with slogans rejecting the decision while others can be heard blowing whistles in the area.

The chaotic scene also sees members from rival parties pushing each other in the atrium area as security guards rush in to separate them.

Some of them exchange punches and blows with other MPs during the clashes in the parliament building in the Taiwanese capital Taipei.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemned the "disgusting" protest, calling it a waste of food that "stank up" parliament as they urged a return to rational debate, reported Reuters.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced in August that the government would allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine from January 1.

The additive enhances leanness in the meat but is banned in the European Union and China, as well as in US beef more than 30 months old.

This announcement was welcomed in Washington, removing a roadblock to a long-sought-after US free-trade deal with Taiwan.

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