street fight analysis


On every other day we have the pleasure of watching street fights, where the two (or more people) involved get to scream at the top of their voices trying to make their points or usually just repeating phrases like, “I will kill u today” or “are u mad? Do u know me?” The contestants in these fights vary in a very random order, from Old gray women to young college boys, young women to old men, nepa officials and young street boys, bus drivers and bus passengers, drivers and bystanders, and the list goes on and on, the good thing about these fights is that, there’s hardly any major violence involved, what I mean is that nobody actually gets to hurt anybody most of the time, no bottles broken, no weapons actually used (sometimes,someone could pick ▲ a stone or a plank but just as a warning to the opposition), there’s sometimes an occasional punch or head butt which might injure one party and then the real wrestling would begin. The lack of major violence gives US, the bystanders and watchers, the opportunity to stand in large groups around the fight and pass comments and judgements, usually, we get to a scene of a fight where the contenders are fighting and ask the most common question ever “what happened? Or what is happening?” Then some other bystander who got there almost at the same time with you will give u a breakdown on the fight from his own point of view which is usually 65% wrong. Then its ▲ to you to spin this same story in a way that will sound convincing to the next person who asks you.
Usually during a fight, there is no referee, and nobody tries to seperate the fight (only when it seems to be getting out of hand), in some cases we have a group of people called “tatafo” who get involved in the fight to take sides and mouth the other party down, they actually have no business in the fight, they are usually friends, neighbours or family to the party or insome cases, they are just random witnesses who feel like causing a scene and attracting attention. In some cases, the “tatafo” actually get caught between enemy lines and get injured in these fights (and we the spectators ♥ such a scenario cos it gives us a chance to say, it serves him/her right for getting involved) a case has been even reported that a “tatafo” got caught between enemy lines and both parties ganged ▲ to beat ▲ the “tatafo” for tryin to interfer before continuing their fight.
The spectators are a very vital part of these fights because without the spectators, there is no moderation and a fight could degenerate to bloodshed. The spectators, stay a good distance away from the fight, to give the fighters room for movement and to prevent any stray mishaps to themselves like a flung bottle hitting them on the head or a stone thrown by a party and dodged by the other, we would rather the stone hit a car and broke a windsheild, which would give us more topics to attribute to the fight…..usually when a windsheild gets broken, most times the owner of the car just waits till the end of the fight and attacks the party that caused the damage, but in some cases, he just runs in and joins the fight…..we rarely have a free for all fight, but we have cases where over 6 different groups of people are fighting over different topics all attributed to one single cause.
We also have the analysers who are always ✓ walking away from the fight chanting phrases like “these ones will not fight” but somehow we find them at the center of the arguement walking away again and saying the same thing. How they made it from “away” ◄ to the center? We have no idea….I guess usually as they are walking away, they hear some sort of interesting point that they feel will lead to a fight and they run ◄ not wanting to miss a good fight.
On the rare occasion when a party breaks a bottle to use as a weapon, all the spectators disperse and take their positions a few feet farther than where they were before. They do this to stay away from injuries but still at a good distance to watch and monitor the fight.

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