Deputies clash during debates on the country's budget for 2014 in the Parliament in Kiev January 16, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Thursday approved a 2014 state budget with a deficit of 3.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product despite attempts by the political opposition to block proceedings.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS) - RTX17G4U
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When Politics Meets Cage Fighting: The World’s Best Parliamentary Brawls

A fight in Ukraine's parliament was just the latest in a long tradition of lawmakers trying to solve problems with their fists not their words

Ukraine’s parliamentary deputies wrapped up the day Thursday not with some far-reaching new legislation to crow about, but with a split lip and a bloody forehead.

Left-leaning deputies, angered by new legislation designed to quell public demonstrations by preventing protesters from putting up stages, tents and amplifiers, went after their political opponents with their fists flying.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that some powerful, white-haired politicos have opted for brawling over speeches. Across the globe, parliamentary deputies and congressional representatives have found themselves in heated scuffles over legislation.

Below, some of the finest punches thrown in hallowed governmental halls over the past few years:

Bolivian opposition congressman Fernando Rodriguez battles with an unidentified indigenous deputy of President Evo Morales' party during a congress session  in La Paz, April 9, 2009. Morales went on a hunger strike on Thursday to demand Bolivia's Congress pass an electoral law that could make it easier for him to win control of the legislature in December's general election. REUTERS/David Mercado    (BOLIVIA POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTXDU4M
(David Mercado/Reuters)

Fernando Rodriguez, an opposition congressman in Bolivia, fights a supporter of President Evo Morales in April 2009.

Claudio Barbato (L), a member of the opposition FLI party, fights with Fabio Ranieri (R) from the Northern League in Parliament in Rome October 26, 2011. The Italian deputies exchanged blows in parliament on Wednesday as tensions over a tough economic reform programme came to a head.  REUTERS/Ansa/Giuseppe Lami
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(Giuseppe Lami/ANSA/Reuters)

Italian deputies Claudio Barbato (left) and Fabio Ranieri (right) exchange punches in a parliament building in Rome in October 2011. Their tussle was about pension reform, and it came.

Lawmakers of opposition parties help their fellow lawmaker (top) who tries to escape as they scuffle with lawmakers of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) at the National Assembly plenary session hall in Seoul December 8, 2010. The opposition lawmakers were trying to prevent GNP lawmakers from passing new bills, including the new year's budget bill. South Korea's government rammed through the 2011 budget on Wednesday amid brawls between lawmakers over billions of dollars of spending on controversial projects to clean up the country's rivers.   REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXVIT8
(Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters)

South Korea’s Grand Nation Party battles opposition party representatives at Seoul’s National Assembly hall in December 2011. Opposition party members were perturbed by the GNP’s budget bill.

Members of the Somali parliament fight after majority voted against the Speaker of the Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden (not pictured) in southern Mogadishu, December 21, 2011. A total of 287 out of the 290 legislators attending the session voted against the speaker. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2VIUM
(Feisal Omar/Reuters)

Somali parliament representatives fight in Mogadishu in December 2011 after the majority of MPs (287 of 290) voted to oust Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, former speaker of the parliament.

Legislator Lin Hung-chih (L) from the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) scuffles with legislator Chiu Chih-wei from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei August 2, 2013. Taiwan's legislators will vote on Friday on whether to adopt the proposed referendum on the controversial construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City, according to local media. The red banner reads, "Stop construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant immediately." REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX127UY
(Pichi Chuang/Reuters)

Representatives from Taiwan’s Nationalist Party (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wrestle on the floor at Taipei’s Legislative Yuan in August 2013. Lin Hung-chih (left) and Chiu Chih-wei battled over the construction of the fourth nuclear power plant.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators scuffle with ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators (top) at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei July 8, 2010. Taiwan legislators threw objects, splashed water and kicked one another on Thursday, sending two to the hospital in a brawl over how fast to ratify a trade pact with China that is shaping up as a pivotal election issue.   REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2G7J9
(Nicky Loh/Reuters)

Taiwan’s DPP and the KMT throw objects and water at one another at Taipei’s Legislative Yuan in July 2010 in a battle over a trade pact with China. Two representatives ended up in the hospital.

Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) lawmaker Muhittin Aksak (R) and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Mahmut Tanal (L) scuffle during a debate at the parliament in Ankara late February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2XIJE
(Reuters)

Muhittin Aksak (right), from Turkey’s AK party (AKP), pulls at the tie of Mahmut Tanal (left), of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP), in February 2012.

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Activists of the Right Sector movement and their supporters gather outside the parliament building to demand the immediate resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov, in Kiev March 27, 2014. A prominent Ukrainian far-right activist, part of a hard-line nationalist movement that played a leading role in the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, was shot dead by police overnight, authorities said on March 25. The Interior Ministry said Oleksander Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bily, was killed by officers of the 'Sokol' special unit as he tried to escape from a cafe in the western Ukrainian region of Rivne. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3IWHV
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Shoppers walk past an advertising billboard for shoes in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing November 3, 2008. A measure of Chinese manufacturing activity showed factory output shrank sharply in October in the face of waning orders, while officials pledged further steps to boost domestic demand to keep the economy from slowing too much. Capital controls and the relative conservatism of China's banks have largely insulated the world's fourth-largest economy from direct hits from the global financial crisis, but its reliance on exports to the United States and Europe makes it vulnerable to a drop-off in Western demand.    REUTERS/David Gray    (CHINA) - RTXA6ZX
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