Kyrgyzstan Deports Briton After Horse Penis Comment

Chuchuk
Cops threw mine worker Michael McFeat, 39, in the cells when he mocked sausage horse meat dish the chuchuk on Facebook.

BISHKEK (Reuters) – A British employee of Kyrgyzstan’s biggest gold mine, detained by police after comparing a national dish to a horse penis, was told on Monday to leave the country within 24 hours for working without an official permit.

Michael Mcfeat posted a comment on Facebook saying that his Kyrgyz colleagues were queuing for their “special delicacy, the horse’s penis” at New Year celebrations, sparking a brief strike at the Kumtor mine as well as calls for criminal prosecution.

The dish in question, chuchuk, is a sausage made from horse meat and intestines.

Police detained Mcfeat on Sunday for questioning but the state security service only gave him a warning despite workers insisting that his actions constituted inciting hatred, a crime punishable by three to five years in prison.

A local court found that Mcfeat, who worked as a welder for a contractor at Kumtor, had no work permit and ruled that he must be deported within 24 hours.

The mine is at the center of a dispute between the government and Canada’s Centerra Gold.

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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