Kyrgyzstan: Online Video Shaming Claims New Victims
Another week has passed and so it is time for another scandal sparked by social media in Kyrgyzstan.
The stars this time around were two young women filmed as they ate seeds while sitting in a park in the capital, Bishkek. As they munched on the seeds, a pile of discarded shells grew at their feet.
Indignant over the behavior of the litterbugs, a man filming the scene confronted the women.
“Do you think it’s normal to sit in the park and shuck seeds and litter,” asked the man filming the video, which was uploaded on January 8 to Facebook user Teimur Samedov’s page.
“That’s what the park is for, to litter and shuck seeds,” was the insouciant reply from one of the women, who has been named as 19-year old shop assistant Akshoola Bolotova.
Pressed for further justification, Bolotova was unrepentant and made remarks that have scandalised the online community.
“The state pays the street sweepers — let them clear up,” she said.
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