South Africa’s parliament turned into a chaotic fistfight on Feb. 9 as opposition lawmakers refused to let president Jacob Zuma deliver his annual state of the nation address. Broadcast live on television, it was almost a play-by-play replay of 2016’s dramatics.
Jammu & Kashmir assembly was on Wednesday rocked by unprecedented violent protests during which furniture was damaged and mikes were uprooted by opposition members who demanded that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti clarify her stand on her remarks on Article 370, forcing the speaker to adjourn the House.
As the House assembled this morning, leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah sought clarification from speaker Kavinder Gupta on whether he had checked the records of the proceedings connected with the chief minister’s statement and expunged her remarks on Article 370.
“I want to ask whether you have expunged the remarks. Have you gone through the records,” Omar asked.
“When will the chief minister give her statement on the floor of House to clarify her stand on her remark. At what time she is going to give her statement,” he questioned.
The speaker said he has gone through the records and the chief minister did not mean what has been said over her remarks.
On this, National Conference and Congress trooped into the Well of the House, raising slogans against the government and the speaker, demanding that the chief minister make a statement on the floor of the House.
Some of the members were seen protesting on the tables and furniture and mikes were uprooted during the protests. Chairs were thrown, papers were torn and thrown in the Well as anti-government, anti-BJP, anti-speaker and anti-RSS slogans were raised.
Some of the members virtually came close to clashing with Lal Singh, a minister of the ruling coalition, however, the marshals and watch and ward staff prevented it.
Background from india.com:
Pakistan’s National Assembly today became a battlefield as a scuffle broke out between the opposition and government lawmakers who exchanged blows and pushed one another.
The brawl broke out when five members from the opposition parties requested Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to submit a privileged motion against the prime minister, DawnNews reported.
During Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s address in the house, his party lawmakers reportedly indulged in sloganeering against the government.
Ruling PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi approached Qureshi and requested him to control his party’s lawmakers.
When the sloganeering continued from the PTI benches, Abbasi again approached Qureshi but could not speak to him as he was intercepted by PTI lawmakers, the paper said.
PTI lawmakers alleged that Abbasi had passed derogatory remarks against their party chief Imran Khan.
Soon after, the scuffle broke out between the opposition and government members of the house, the paper said.
Video footage showed lawmakers from both sides exchanging blows and pushing one another.
The session was suspended for 15 minutes after the incident.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan is currently hearing a case involving the Prime Minister with regard to the Panama Leaks that surfaced last year.
Independent MP Aylin Nazlıaka handcuffed herself to Turkish Parliament podium to filibuster constitutional debate. Female Members of the AK Party surround and attack her. Several people got injured in this fight.
Background: The ruling AK Party of Erdogan introduces an authoritarian presidential system.
After 2016’s bungled coup and as part of his subsequent crackdown on political enemies and the media, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants new powers to hire and fire government ministers. The debate in Turkey’s parliament got out of hand, with members of the ruling AK Party and opposition Republican People’s Party getting into fisticuffs.
DJ Shadow has unveiled the music video for the song “Nobody Speak” featuring Run The Jewels, a standout track from his latest album ‘The Mountain Will Fall,’ out now on Mass Appeal Records. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe. It also features appearances by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels.
The video was directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine.
The Research we cited was published by Christopher Gandrud. You can download his latest article “Two Sword Lengths Apart: Credible commitment problems and physical violence in democratic national legislatures” here.