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Cape Town - Punches, slaps and being dragged out of Parliament - much like the EFF was on Tuesday afternoon - is a relatively new occurrence in democratic South Africa, but it is worth noting that violence often breaks out in other Parliaments across the globe. 

Here are examples of five fights that broke out between MPs in other countries: 

1) Ukraine 

There have been numerous fights  between MPs in Ukraine's Parliament. 

One of the most notable was in March 2013 when the parliamentary leader of the ruling Party of Regions faction, Oleksandr Yefremov, delivered a speech in Russian. 

This reportedly angered members of the nationalist Svoboda party, who chanted "Ukrainian!" as he spoke.

The fight broke out after both sides accused each other of being fascists. 

More recently in December last year MP Oleh Barna handed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk a bouquet of flowers while the leader was delivering a speech at a podium. After handing over the flowers, Barna then proceeded to drag Yatsenyuk away from the stadium, while also grabbing the PMs crotch. 

Other MPs rushed to defend Yatsenyuk, and a brawl broke out.  

Barna’s party, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, subsequently expelled him.

2) Taiwan

Like Ukraine, Taiwanese MPs are also known to throw punches and slaps at each other. 

In 1995 the Parliament was awarded an Ig Nobel prize for "peace" by showing that "that politicians gain more by punching, kicking and gouging each other than by waging war against other nations".

In May 2007, members of the Democratic Progressive Party became angry with the Speaker over questions about why the budget had been delayed. Following this a brawl broke out between DPP members and those from the Kuomintang of China party.

In June 2007, the leader of the ruling party received a slap from an opposition party member who took exception to her address. A fight then broke out between female MPs.

3) Turkey

At the beginning of May this year Turkish MPs traded blows over a government proposal for stripping legislators of their immunity from prosecution.

The brawl was between lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and those from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP).

President Tayyip Erdogan, who founded the AKP, called for members of HDP to face prosecution, accusing them of being an extension of the outlawed militant group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

During the fight, some parliamentarians stood on tables and launched themselves into the melee. 

4) Bolivia

In 2007 a fight broke out in the Bolivian parliament during a debate over whether or not to try judges on corruption charges. 

Opposition leaders failed to block legislators aligned with President Evo Morales from bringing charges against Bolivia’s Constitutional Tribunal for suspending four of his judicial appointees.

One member joined the fray while dressed in traditional Bolivian garb.

5) South Korea

In July 2009 a fight broke out over bills on media reform. 

Opposition MPs tried to block the Speaker from entering the room to pass the bills while parties clashed. The bills were eventually passed by the Deputy Speaker.

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