Christmas party punch-up (Video 0:58)

REUTERS Dec 18, 2011 – Fighting erupts as police shut down a Christmas celebration in China. Paul Chapman reports.

It was meant to be a celebration of the season of goodwill but the Christmas cheer turned into a Christmas punch-up in this small China village. The trouble starts when the plug is pulled on the party by officials who cut off the power. Video from U.S.-based NGO China Aid appears to show police moving in to halt the festivities in Zhejiang province. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the footage. The village chief said the local church which organised the event hadn’t asked permission for it. As tempers fray the festive fisticuffs start flying. It’s a scene far removed from the time of peace and goodwill to all men the partygoers were meant to be celebrating. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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