Dozens of muscular male foreigners dressed as Spartans were detained by Beijing police yesterday, accused of disturbing public order in Sanlitun, one of Beijing's hot hubs for entertainment.
According to the official Sina Weibo account of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, police rushed to the scene immediately after residents reported a group of scantily dressed foreign men attracting public attention in Sanlitun of Beijing's Chaoyang district.
A group of male foreigners dressed as Spartans promote a new restaurant product in Beijing
Photos posted online showed a group of foreigners wearing Spartan-like jock straps and capes marching through the streets while holding small boxes of food in their hands. Lined up in a pyramid-like formation at times, they traveled around central Beijing to promote a new restaurant product in Guomao subway station, overhead bridges in Sanlitun and Jianwai SOHO in Beijng's CBD.
Passersby scrambled to take photos of the scantily dressed men when they first appeared on the street, and the volume of onlookers was deemed disturbing by authorities. Beijing police issued warnings and ordered them to stop, and those who failed to cooperate after several warnings were eventually escorted away.
Beijing police detained two foreigners at the scene.
Photos of the scantily dressed fighters spread quickly on China's social media, and responses from Internet users were mixed.
In China, those who want to parade for any purposes must obtain a permit from the authorities beforehand.
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