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Space invaders: Chinese basketballers and square dancers brawl over use of court

Police forced to intervene as five days of squabbles between young players and elderly dancers turn to violence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 June, 2017, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 June, 2017, 12:38pm

A brawl erupted at a public basketball court in China after a group of young players objected to senior citizens practising their square dancing in the same space.

A few young men were playing basketball in a court at Wangcheng Park in Luoyang city, Henan province on Wednesday afternoon when they were interrupted by loud music played by the dancers, the Dahe Daily reported.

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A fierce argument broke out over use of the court. Video footage posted online showed one shirtless young man surrounded by a dozen senior citizens at one corner of the court.

One player said that they had been struggling to get use of the court for five days before the dispute erupted into blows.

The court was temporarily closed by police and the basketballers were persuaded to leave. Police said that they would coordinate with the park’s administration to move the square dancers to other places.

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Internet users, the majority of whom are young people, came out in support of the basketball players.

“Why do they want to dance on a basketball court? There are already not enough places for young people to play sport,” one wrote.

“We only respect your good deeds, rather than your age,” another said.