Politicians in north America, Australia, and the EU rarely engage in outright physical violence.
But some countries let their passions overflow a little more often.
Check out these unbelieveable pictures of fights in legislatures from around the world.
Grace Wyler contributed to this article.
Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang.
A Turkish parliamentarian falls down during a scuffle during a debate on a legislation to boost police powers at the Turkish Parliament.
A Hong Kong lawmaker hurled a pillow at the Financial Secretary this week to demand universal retirement benefits.
In Macedonia, violent brawling broke out in parliament over the 2013 budget. Police in riot gear had to be called in to break up the fight.
Violence is disturbingly common in the Ukrainian parliament. During this fight, lawmakers threw eggs and smoke bombs to protest a deal with the Russian navy.
One member of the Ukrainian parliament even had to be carried out on a stretcher after a particularly violent struggle.
This South Korean lawmaker was so against the 2011 US free trade agreement, he threw a tear gas at the National Assembly chairman.
In Taiwan, members of the opposition party mutinied against the ruling party during a heated election year.
Taiwanese political brawling is also remarkably common. This legislator was injured after lawmakers started hurling stones and lunchboxes at one another.
In Bolivia, an 'unidentified indigenous deputy' attacked a member of the opposition during a session of Congress.
In Mexico, fighting broke out on the floor of Congress after one party attempted to take over the podium.
South Korean lawmakers have literally removed the speaker of parliament from her seat. Imagine if Republicans had tried that with Nancy Pelosi...
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