A live political debate on Jordanian television erupted into chaos after one of the guests threw a bottle of water over his rival before trying to attack him with a chair ... two months after he attacked another opponent on a different show. The programme, on satellite channel JoSat, pitted outspoken journalist Shaker al-Johari against lawyer and pro-Syrian regime activist, Samih Khrais, on the subject of the Syrian civil war on Friday night. But as they sat down to discuss a recent speech by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s al-Johari flew into a rage at being told he would have to sit on a panel with Khrais.
Al-Johari, well-known in his homeland for his strong anti-Assad views, hurled a bottle of water at Mr Khrais and then his pen.
When Khrais and tries clumsily to lift his chair, the bigger al-Johari went for him, wresting the seat from his grasp before attempting to beat him with it. He also threatened to beat Khrais with his belt.
Fortunately, the brawl was brought to a bitter end by the show’s host and a producer, who stepped in before the programme descended into further mayhem. It is the second time al-Johari attempted to beat a debate rival while discussing the crisis in Syria.
In May, he tried to fight Mohammed Al-Jayousi when they disagreed about an issue and began hurling abuse at each other on TV channel 7 Stars.