Kyrgyzstan detains Briton over ‘horse penis’ slur
BISHKEK (KYRGYZSTAN) (AFP) – A Briton working at a foreign-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has been detained and faces up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis, authorities said Sunday.
An interior ministry spokesman told AFP that Michael Mcfeat, an employee of Toronto-based Centerra Gold, was detained by police after posting the comment on Facebook, which caused a temporary strike at the mine.
Mcfeat wrote that his Kyrgyz colleagues were queueing for their “special delicacy, the horse’s penis” during holiday celebrations, referring to a traditional horse sausage known as “chuchuk.”
Mcfeat now faces racial hatred charges, which can entail between three to five years in prison under Kyrgyz law.
The aptly named Upchuck… er… Chuchuk