It Doesn’t Only Happen In India – The Craziest Parliament Fights From Around The Globe
Talk to any educated citizen of India and query them about their feelings towards their government and it is highly unlikely that you will hear anything positive. The past two weeks in particular have seen a major clash of interests between millions of Indian Citizens led by Anna Hazare and the Indian Government on the issue of corruption which makes life highly difficult for ordinary residents in the country. Like many other countries around the world, proceedings of the Indian Parliament are televised with key sessions broadcasted on all leading media channels reaching an audience of tens of millions around the country.
Most Indians, however feel quite disgusted after watching these proceedings as the behavior and mannerisms of the ministers and members of parliament paints a sorry picture of the country. In June 2007, a debate over a “highly sensitive civil rights” issue turned violent after India’s minority party swarmed toward the House leader’s bench, sparking a “violent free-for-all” on the parliament floor. This event which was televised across the world and is rated as one of the worst incidents of violence in parliaments brought a tremendous amount of shame to the country.
Although, such an incident hasn’t taken place in the Indian Parliament again there still doesn’t appear to be much improvement in the way the legislative bodies function. India however is not the only place which has witnessed such fights in the past decade, it happens in other countries as well some of which are expected to be quite peaceful at the outset.
On 27 April, 2010 Ukraine’s parliament erupted in chaos as lawmakers approved a bitterly controversial deal allowing the Russian Navy to extend its stay in Ukraine until 2042. In the parliament in Kyiv, scuffles broke out and opposition deputies hurled eggs at parliament speaker Volodymr Lytvyn, who took shelter under umbrellas. Smoke bombs filled the chamber with a thick white fog, setting off alarms and forcing deputies to cover their faces. Then the lawmakers attacked each other, punching and brawling in the aisles.
In most of the cases where such incidents take place it is the opposition that generally sparks of the unrest. However on 19 January 2007, members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taipei, Taiwan ( a much more developed and peaceful country than India) stormed the speaker’s podium, riling the minority Nationalist Party to delay a vote on controversial changes to Taiwan’s election laws. Apparently political slug-outs and parliamentary fights like these are fairly common in this country since martial law were removed in 1987
These are perhaps the most famous scuffles amongst the political elite in various countries around the world although these aren’t the only one’s that have happened in the recent past. Similar incidents were also seen in countries like Bolivia and South Korea (read here to learn more), the latter being one of the most developed countries in terms internet infrastructure.