Two dancing teams made up of middle-aged people went to the court after fights over the dancing space at a park in Qingyuan started getting physical.
Jiang Bin Park in Qingyuan only stretches out 50 square meters, making it nearly impossible for the two groups to dance simultaneously. Since March of last year, a Chinese square dancing team and a ballroom dancing team began fighting over space to dance in this park. Police intervention was even needed four times in five nights.
It was reported by Sina News that both teams danced on different sides in the first four nights. Because of the conflicting music and styles, the Chinese square dancing team called the police three times within four days. On the fifth night, physical confrontation went down between women from these two teams.
A woman surnamed Chen from the ballroom dancing team claimed to have been beaten up by four to five people from the Chinese square dancing team after questioning why one of the women was taking pictures of them on her iPad.
“There are bruises all over my body,” said Chen.
Hu, the team leader of Chinese square dancing team claimed that “She suddenly rushed to me while I was taking video in my iPad.” She said that she didn’t attack Chen.
Chen likewise accused members from Chinese the square dancing team of beating her up. The judge ordinated them to pay a compensation of around 4,000 RMB for Chen’s medical fees. The women lodged an appeal with the higher court.
The court still hasn’t made any decisions now as both teams cannot provide any evidence of whether there ware physical confrontations on that night. The Chinese square dancing team has now moved to another square, Zhong Le Square, to continue their fitness dance.
The head of the management office of Jiang Bin Park said that people often fought for an area to dance after 2010. He also said that his intervention was useless as no one would listen to him and there were only 13 parks for 40 dancing teams. “I now hope that there will be so rules for managing square dancing activities so that we can follow them,” he said.
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By Jennifer Hui