Brawl in Pakistans National Assembly

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.

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MP in Turkey cuffs herself at microphone, gets attacked by other MPs

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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.

Brawl in Turkish parliament

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.

Parliamentfights in Pop Culture: DJ Shadow and “Nobody Speak”

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.

Lecture about Parliament Brawls at Chaos Communication Congress 33C3

We had a lecture about Parliament Brawls at the Chaos Communication Congress 33C3 in Hamburg. You can watch and download it here or watch the video (in German):

There is also an English version and a translation into Schwitzerdütsch.

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.

Fistfight breaks out in Kenya parliament

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BBC reports:

A parliament session in Kenya has descended into chaos, with rival MPs trading punches.
Opposition lawmakers tried to block discussions on the introduction of manual vote-counting for next year’s presidential election.

The government wants a back-up to the electronic system but the opposition says it is a way of rigging the poll.
Kenyan politics is known to be highly partisan and this is not the first physical fight.
In 2014, four lawmakers were assaulted and one had his shirt torn.

The live video feed from parliament was cut after the fight broke out on Tuesday evening and journalists were ordered out of the press gallery.

After an earlier highly charged discussion over the proposed changes to the electoral law, opposition MP Millie Odhiambo attacked President Uhuru Kenyatta, calling him “extremely stupid”.
Mr Kenyatta gave his initial response to that attack at an event to usher in the festive season, saying “some idiots continue to insult me” but added that it was part of their freedom.
But Mr Kenyatta seems to have now ended his war of words with Ms Odhiambo, as a local media station on Wednesday shared a picture of a Christmas card from the president addressed to the MP.