Nov 17, 2018

Parliament in chaos- Chillie powder used as weapon

Lawmakers hurled chairs, thick books and stinging chili powder at one another as violence and chaos erupted again on the floor of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Friday, the New York Times reported.

At least four lawmakers and several police officers were injured. The proceedings were carried live on TV and beamed across the island nation.

The trouble began when lawmakers allied to Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president who, in a contentious move, was appointed prime minister last month, arrived in the chamber early and occupied the speaker’s chair.

The lawmakers broke microphones and staged mock sessions. They also blocked the mace, a gold-tipped ebony staff that is the symbol of authority, from being brought into the chamber to begin the session.

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