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Taiwanese Lawmakers Exchange Punches Over Nuclear Plant Bill

Legislators were voting Friday on whether to adopt a controversial national referendum on the construction of the country's fourth nuclear power plant in New Taipei City.

Posted on August 2, 2013, at 1:17 a.m. ET

The Democratic Progressive Party blocked an entrance with chairs and ropes in hopes of preventing the parliament session:

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They also blocked a second entrance to keep the ruling Nationalist Party out:

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One lawmaker put on a helmet to prepare for the coming brawl:

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Legislators from the Nationalist Party finally broke through the doors and were very unhappy:

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Then a fight broke out between ruling and opposition lawmakers on the legislature floor:

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Legislator Chiu Chih-wei from the Democratic Progressive Party kicking a man while he is down:

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Then it turned into a two-man wrestling match:

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Things really got nasty:

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Legislator Gao Jyh-peng was not impressed and hurled a bottle of water at the others:

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One lawmaker needed medical attention for the bruises he received in the fight. Despite the melee, the bill was expected to easily pass.

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