Skip to comments.Taiwan MP in 'tear gas' protest (sprays gas in parliament to protest arms deal with US)
Posted on 10/24/2006 12:05:56 PM PDT by dead
A Taiwanese legislator could face disciplinary action after spraying what appeared to be tear gas during a parliamentary committee hearing.
Independent legislator Lee Ao, who was trying stop debate on a controversial arms bill, also pulled out a stun gun.
Mr Lee caused a commotion after putting on a mask and spraying gas from an aerosol canister into the packed room.
independent mayoral candidate Li Ao releases the contents of a can of tear gas inside
Taiwan's Legislature in Taipei, yesterday. Li said that he was acting to block
consideration of a multibillion-dollar weapons purchase from the United States.
Although his actions worked to block the discussions, he could be suspended for violating safety regulations.
"I'm an old man and I can risk my life," said Mr Lee, 71, who is also a candidate in the mayoral elections in Taipei in December.
He then brandished a stun gun, setting off a warning alarm.
Some legislators were clearly shocked; others laughed, while more started coughing and began running towards windows and the exit doors.
After all the commotion, the committee then blocked discussion of the arms bill, which has been held up for the past two years.
The bill would allow billions of dollars of arms to be purchased from the United States.
The opposition parties have argued that the multi billion dollar arms purchase of submarines and anti-submarine aircraft from the United States is unnecessary and too costly.
Analysts have warned that Taiwan needs to boost its defence spending to prevent the military balance shifting further in China's favour.
While Lee Ao's antics appear to have succeeded, they have left some legislators furious.
He could now be referred to a parliamentary disciplinary committee, which has the power to suspend him if it rules that he has violated safety regulations.
Mr Lee is often described as a political maverick.
He is a respected writer and a popular television personality, well known for his acerbic comments and controversial views.
But his latest actions, which have now become headline news, are being seen by many as a step too far.
Perhaps he should head to China and try that stunt. Then he might understand why his country is buying arms from us.
He should have been beaten with rods.
If he did, he'd better hope that the Chinese guards killed him. If he survived being arrested, before long, he'd wish he hadn't.
This guy Lee Ao spent some time in jail under the Kuomintang. It appears that all of the guys the Kuomintang jailed were really Communists, after. What is interesting is that these Communist fifth columnists have now joined hands with the Kuomintang to ensure that Taiwan remains part of China.
Sounds like they have a lot in common with our democrat party.
Taiwan is part of China, nobody denies it. You call Taiwan, I call her Republic Of China. Actually mainland is part of China too, do you know that? ROC ruled mainland from 1911 to 1949.
Taiwan is not part of PRC and wil never be.
Lee Ao is a communist, no doubt about it. He is not part of
Kuomintang and he is not part of PRC, just a screwed-up, no good scoundrel, should stay in jail.
Natalie Portman should be stripped of her Judaism for that movie.
a Taiwanese Mr Cindy Sheehan?
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