Punches and bottles thrown in South Africa’s parliament

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[Associated Press]

South African opposition lawmakers who tried to disrupt remarks by President Jacob Zuma in parliament brawled with guards who ejected the protesters from the building.

Red-clad members of the Economic Freedom Fighters party were bundled out of parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday after they said Zuma himself should leave because of corruption allegations against him.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF, in red) party members of parliament are physically removed from the South African parliament CREDIT: RODGER BOSCH/AFP PHOTO

The opposition party has previously been thrown out of parliament, but the latest confrontation was among the more aggressive. Window panes in a parliament door were shattered in the chaos.

After the brawl, Zuma called for dialogue among political leaders.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF, in red) party members of parliament are physically removed from the South African CREDIT: RODGER BOSCH/AFP PHOTO

In March, South Africa’s Constitutional Court said Zuma “failed to uphold” the constitution when he didn’t pay back some of the more than $20 million in state funds used to upgrade his rural home.

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