Police in Chengdu briefly detained seven mythological figures on Sunday, in order to figure out why exactly they were battling it out on the city’s streets.
At around 3 p.m. that afternoon, police received a curious report that multiple Monkey Kings were fighting in public nearby. When they arrived, police were astonished to in fact find seven men that were all dressed up as Sun Wukong, the famous character from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
At first, officers had quite a tough time figuring out who was attacking who. Not only were they dressed similarly, but the men were all also deaf. To clarify the situation, police decided to just take all the Monkey Kings back to the station for questioning, Sichuan News Network reports.
There, a sign language instructor was called in. After a few exchanges, police discovered that the seven performers were part of two separate groups that each worked the same popular streets in Chengdu, performing tricks and posing for photos with curious passersby and tourists.
However, on this day, the two groups had squabbled over one premium piece of sidewalk. Things then turned violent when one Monkey King knocked another in the head with his golden staff, drawing blood.
In the end, the two sides agreed to a settlement in which the injured man received 1,500 yuan in compensation. Police then allowed them to go back to their monkey business.
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