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Taiwan lawmakers blockade parliament over US beef imports

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Opposition party legislator Lee Chun-yi sleeps on a blockade of the legislature floor entrance in Taipei, Taiwan during a protest against the voting on a controversial beef import law on June 15, 2012.

Opposition lawmakers have piled furniture at the entrance to Taiwan's parliament in a dispute over a controversial beef import law.

The occupation of the chamber, which began on Monday, is aimed at preventing a vote which could pave the way for imports of US beef treated with ractopamine, an additive used in animal feed to promote lean meat. 

-- The Associated Press and Agence France Presse contributed to this report

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Legislators from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) display placards during a demonstration at the parliament in Taipei on June 15, 2012.