Central African Republic rebels halted their advance toward the nation’s capital and agreed to talks on Wednesday.
The Seleka rebel fighters, who have captured large swathes of the country and threatened to oust President Francois Bozize, said they would not attack the capital city of Bangui, according to Reuters.
It comes as no surprise that the roiling political tensions between opposing political parties can sometimes turn physical.
However, there’s endless irony in a situation where the people who write the law of the land resort to their fists (and in some cases eggs and chairs) to solve their problems.
In Ukraine, it almost seems like an annual event or rite of passage. Taiwan and South Korea are strong contenders for the top spot as well.
In honor of the news about Ukrainian parliamentarians getting into fisticuffs today, GlobalPost made a collection of political brawls in the hallowed halls of lawmakers from around the world.
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As we near the end of another year marked by the revolutions that continue to roil the Middle East, punctuated at this year-end with the recent conflagration in Gaza, Magnum has published “Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom,” a collection of some of the most powerful photographs of the convulsions of conflict by the agency’s renowned photographers. Click-through for a selection.
Friday, May 06, 2011 Photo Credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP
Handguns lie on the back of a truck before being burned during the first day of a national disarmament campaign in Volta Redonda, Brazil.
A demonstrator throws a liquid to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. Greek police fired teargas at hooded youths hurling petrol bombs and stones as tens of thousands took to the streets in Greece’s biggest anti-austerity demonstration in months on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
A hooded youth throws a petrol bomb at riot policemen in Athens’ Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012. Greek police fired teargas at hooded youths hurling petrol bombs and stones as tens of thousands took to the streets in Greece’s biggest anti-austerity demonstration in months on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis