Taiwan lawmakers brawl

Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other on Aug. 2 ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on

whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated

island of 23 million people. Nuclear power has long been a

contentious issue in Taiwan and became more so following the Fukushima

nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. (AP)

Ruling and opposition lawmakers fight on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated island of 23 million people. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Ruling and opposition lawmakers fight on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Ruling and opposition lawmakers fight on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Opposition lawmakers block a door of the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. The banner at top reads: "Stop construction of nuclear power plant." (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Anti-nuclear protesters toss mock radioactive waste containers over the main gate of the legislature during a demonstration in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a national referendum on whether to finish building a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated island of 23 million people. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Ruling and opposition lawmakers are sprayed with water as they fight on the legislature floor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Anti-nuclear protesters face off police as they try to pull down the gate of the legislature in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a national referendum on whether to finish building a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated island of 23 million people. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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