This is NOT Sparta: Beijing cracksdown on half-naked ‘Spartans’

About 40 men wearing bronze shorts, arm and leg guards and capes styled after the attire of people in the ancient Greek city of Sparta marched in Beijing's central business district.

By: AP | Beijing | Updated: July 23, 2015 7:56 pm
Sparta, Sparta china, sparta beijing police In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015, photo, men dressed in Spartan-style costumes walk through a commercial plaza in Beijing. A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China’s capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a crackdown by police who were photographed restraining some of them on the ground. (Source: AP)

A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China’s capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a crackdown by police who were photographed restraining some of them on the ground.

About 40 mostly blond and brown-haired men wearing bronze shorts, arm and leg guards and capes styled after the attire of people in the ancient Greek city of Sparta marched in Beijing’s central business district and an upscale shopping area Wednesday. Bearing plastic tubs of salads, the bare-chested men attracted crowds of onlookers and posed for photos with women that circulated widely on social media.

Police were less amused. They dispersed the parade at the Sanlitun shopping area, and photos in state media showed police on top of two of the Spartans who apparently had been wrestled to the ground.

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Police said in a statement Thursday that they had to control some “foreigners in short pants” to restore public order. It said the matter was still under investigation.

The store, Sweetie Salad, said the stunt to celebrate their 1-year anniversary generated far more interest than expected. It said in a statement posted online that store representatives spoke with police to clear up any “misunderstanding.”

“We chose Spartans and invited foreign models who are physically fit simply because we wanted to encourage our customers to pursue the beauty of being healthy,” the store said.

The incident follows on the heels of another that drew attention from social media users and police _ a home-made sex video purportedly taken in a Uniqlo fitting room, also in Sanlitun.

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  1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:20 am
    India is not the only country where there is democracy. US, UK and all the western countries are having an elected government. The difference is there democracy runs in a decent manner. Have you ever read of the scenes happening in our parliament and emblies? Democracy is for educated and cultured people and not for us. We elect the worst lot to represent us. Corrupt, criminals and people like that. We are not fit to govern but only to be governed.
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    1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
      Jul 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm
      It will be good if India entrusts the management of India to China. The all of us will be disciplined like this. No more hartals, no more protests, no more bandhs and all such things which serves no purpose other than causing inconvenience to common man. If Indira hi had extended her emergency for another couple of decades we would have been much more disciplined citizens. The new generation would have been weaned in an atmosphere of discipline and not mayhem.
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        Raghu Shetty
        Jul 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm
        Do you even know what you are saying??? So basically, protesting is crime? Democracy is the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. If you want to be submissive to the government, you may as well go to China and live there. I am sure they will be happy to rule over submissive and apathetic citizens such as you. Government is there for the people, not to oppress them. The citizens of the country have their rights to express or say whatever they want without causing any harm to others, of course. Government is for the people and by the people, it serves us, not 'rules' us. Get a lesson or two in world politics and experience a few different places outside of your home country for a couple of years and then make such statements.
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        1. Shyamal Ganguly
          Jul 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm
          d shop is trying to promote d business, hiring non-veg Europeans showing their bodies. Most marketing gimmicks are lies. Cosmetics and diets do not contribute to happy living.
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