Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Centerra Gold Worker Arrested in Kyrgyzstan after 'Horse Penis' Remark

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Centerra Gold Worker Arrested in Kyrgyzstan after 'Horse Penis' Remark

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Centerra worker arrested after social media post

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TORONTO - A Toronto-based gold miner said Monday it doesn't tolerate behaviour that is insensitive to any cultural or national group after one of its contract workers in Kyrgyzstan was reportedly arrested for comparing a local sausage dish to a horse's penis on social media.

Centerra Gold says Michael Mcfeat, a Scottish welder, was arrested in Kyrgyzstan after making the comment on Facebook.

According to a screen grab posted online by U.K. newspaper the Telegraph showing what appear to be workers eating in a company canteen, the comment said: "The Kyrgyz people Queuing out the door for there special delicacy the horses penis!!!"

In a followup post on Facebook, Mcfeat apologized and said it was never his intention to offend anyone.

Media reports say some workers at Centerra's Kumtor gold mine project in Kyrgyzstan went on a temporary strike after the posting, which was later deleted, and that Mcfeat was arrested under the country's hate speech laws. …

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