A female Taoyuan County councilor was hospitalized with minor injuries after receiving kicks and blows from a female colleague on the council floor yesterday, the first day of the council's new session.
The attack from Wu Pao-yu (吳寶玉), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilor, bruised the nose of Liu Mao-chun (劉茂群), from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Liu also suffered kicks to her body. The attack was apparently prompted by rancor from an earlier fight.
Wu received a slap from Liu on the council floor during a brawl earlier this month over a public health issue involving stinky tofu produced in Taoyuan.
PHOTO: CHEN WEN-CHENG, TAIPEI TIMES
Following TV reports about unclean methods used to produce stinky tofu in Taoyuan, Wu accused the media of sensationalizing the issue and misleading the public during a council session on Oct. 8. Wu also blamed the media for a slump in the stinky tofu business.
Liu objected to Wu's remarks and accused Wu of trying to protect "illegal factories." A brawl ensued after Wu called Liu the vulgar Hoklo expression to ke hia (討客兄), to cuckold one's husband.
Liu later issued a statement apologizing for the incident, but Wu was still unhappy and wanted the case sent to the council's disciplinary committee. Yesterday, upon discovering that the council had refused to tackle the case, Wu walked up to Liu's seat and carried out her vendetta.
Most councilors refused to comment on yesterday's attack, except for an anonymous few saying that such violence sets a bad example and is shameful for Taoyuan County.
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