Punches Thrown in Venezuelan Parliament over Election Dispute
Via the BBC: Venezuela MPs in punch-up over disputed election
Fistfights have broken out in Venezuela’s parliament over the recent disputed presidential election.
Several legislators were left bloodied and bruised, with both opposition and pro-government lawmakers accusing each other of starting the fight.
A measure was earlier passed denying MPs the right to speak until they recognised Nicolas Maduro as president.
There is video at the link.
On the one hand, there is an understandable impulse to find humor in these kinds of situations. However, the truth is that when fist fights are breaking out on the floor of the legislature, this is not good for Venezuela’s tenuous democracy or for governance in general.