VIDEO: Taiwanese parliament breaks into a brawl

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators brawl with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and People First Party (PFP) legislators calling for a boycott of the forward-looking project at the Parliament in Taipei on July 14, 2017. Photo: Sam Yeh / AFP

TAIPEI - Taiwan's parliament descended into chaos for a second consecutive day last week Friday with lawmakers wielding chairs above their heads and throwing water balloons as they brawled over a controversial infrastructure project.

It followed repeated disruption on Thursday when rival legislators grabbed each other's throats in angry scuffles during a review of the budget for the project.

WATCH: Punch up in Parliament

The plan is one of President Tsai Ing-wen's signature proposals and includes building light rail lines, flood control measures and green energy facilities.

But the opposition Kuomintang party is against the project, saying it favours cities and counties faithful to Tsai's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and has been devised to secure support for the party ahead of next year's regional elections.

* Click the video below to watch the brawl.


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