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DPP legislator gives legislative clerk a fright

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator gave a clerk a scare during unrest at a meeting of the legislature's Procedure Committee yesterday.

The incident occurred after a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) co-chairwoman turned down a motion that would have allowed constitutional amendments to the lawmaking process to be put onto the legislative agenda.

The refusal was consistent with KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) stance on not amending the Constitution, but a quarrel between legislators ensued nonetheless.

The chairwoman's decision provoked an angry response from DPP and TSU legislators, who gathered in front of the platform in protest. DPP Legislator Lu Tien-lin (盧天麟) then swept files and other documents off the desk, including papers that the clerk was holding in her hands.

Opposition politicians and others in the room accused Lu of attempting to assault the woman.

Lu later said he didn't mean to scare the clerk.

"I was just trying to let the clerk know that she hadn't told Hung the correct parliamentary laws and regulations," he said.

KMT caucus whip Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) condemned Lu's "violent behavior."

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