Fists and pig guts fly in Taiwan's parliament

Since the latest session of parliament began in mid-September the KMT has protested against the pork decision by blocking Su from delivering regular reports and taking questions by occupying the podium where he speaks.

As Su began speaking, KMT lawmakers threw buckets of pig guts his way, and some exchanged blows, with a short but vicious encounter between a group of KMT legislators and Chen Po-wei from the small Taiwan Statebuilding Party.

President Tsai Ing-wen announced in August that the government would, from January 1 next year, allow imports of U.S. pork containing ractopamine, an additive that enhances leanness but is banned in the European Union and China, as well as U.S. beef more than 30 months old.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemned the protests, saying in a statement the throwing of the pig guts was a waste of food that "stank up" the parliament floor and was "disgusting," calling for a return to rational debate.