KMT attempts to block prospective Control Yuan head from entering the Legislative Yuan

The KMT refuses to let go of its protest against the DPP’s Control Yuan nominations and reoccupies the Legislative Yuan.

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TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) reoccupied the Parliament (Legislative Yuan, 立法院) building on Tuesday to protest against the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP, 民進黨) Control Yuan (監察院) nominations after occupying the building for the same reason on June 28.

KMT legislators gathered at 4 a.m. on Tuesday to prevent Chen Chu (陳菊), the nominee to become the head of the Control Yuan, from entering into the legislative chamber. The KMT occupied Qingdao East Road (青島東路) to prevent her from entering. The road is the main road used by officials to enter into the Legislative Yuan.

However, Chen’s plans changed, meaning that she was able to enter the chamber from another door. As a result, she was able to enter the chamber without any problems. The DPP also preempted this potential occupation and sent people to protect the main door of the building.

At 7 a.m., Chen successfully entered the building as KMT legislators were too late to respond.

This infuriated the KMT, which caused them to take control of the legislative speaker’s podium. At 9 a.m., the KMT legislators broke all the equipment employed by the Speaker to run a legislative session. Chinese-Language media later reported that the connection for all the equipment was severed, meaning that a meeting would no longer be possible

During this violent encounter, KMT legislator Fai Hung-tai (費鴻泰) was injured and sent to the hospital for treatment. Despite the injury, KMT and DPP legislators continued to clash by cursing at each other and splashing water.