Police say they have arrested two men after a violent seaside brawl on the tourist island of Hainan, Sanya News reports. The pair is accused of assaulting a group of Sichaunese tourists who were barbecuing peacefully on the beach last Wednesday.
Accounts indicate that the two shirtless assailants, surnamed Chen and Fu, approached the group of picnicking holidaymakers after drinking and demanded a share of their food. When they were refused, they responded with indignation, throwing sand on the group’s provisions, shouting insults and trading blows.
Police responded quickly to the scene, only to find that the sand-slinging party-poopers had fled. About an hour later, cops caught up with Fu, 24, at a nearby residence, happily boozing away in the aftermath of his recent dust-up.
Chen remained on the run however, and police decided to approach his relatives to pressure the 26-year-old to turn himself in. The strategy worked and, after three days as a (presumably topless?) fugitive, the man submitted himself to authorities in the company of his relatives over the weekend.
Hainan province has been the site of intensive development, investment and globalization in recent months after a series of policy announcements have made clear government intentions to transform the once sleepy backwater into an international hub for tourism, business and even gambling. Just last week, the island was declared open to visa-free visits for tourists from an unprecedented 59 countries.
READ MORE: The Day Hainan Island Became a Province
These dramatic changes are bound to come with their fair share of challenges, as locals seeking to get their share of the tourism pie are flung into contact with glitzy jetsetters and the pallid touristic class.
[Images and GIFs via Yaoredian]