illagers in rural Hubei province recently got a rather spicy taste of democracy with a troupe of belly dancers taking the stage at a local election.
The villagers of Liupingcun had gathered together to vote on candidates for the local Community Party village committee. At the polling site, they were entertained by a number of different dance acts which featured scantily-clad women.
Video from the event shows people looking on as a trio of belly dancers shake their hips on stage and as one woman with a snake wrapped around her boy lets the serpent’s head rest on her lips.
Afterward, the village committee was forced to explain that the dancers had been invited in order to attract more people and “liven up the atmosphere” at the election. In case you are concerned about any kind of impropriety, rest assured that the performances came after the votes were cast.
While higher-level government positions are not elected by the public in China, many local-level positions are, however, these elections are tightly-controlled by the Communist Party which decides who gets on the ballot and who does not.