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Uzbekistan: Prosecutors Go After Sadist Local Official

Prosecutors in Uzbekistan have reacted swiftly to the indignation generated by footage that surfaced online showing a local official assaulting heads of schools for failing to organize sufficiently elaborate celebrations for Independence Day.

In the footage, a man identified as the mayor of Saikhunabad district, in the Syrdarya region, Nosir Egamberdiyev, is seen lining up school principals to give them dressings down one by one. At multiple turns, he deals powerful blows to the men’s shoulders, and in at least one instance, he repeatedly slaps one principal in the face. All the principals submit to the maltreatment without complaint.

“Is the independence of the state not your independence too?” Egamberdiyev is hearing shouting. “Is this not a holiday for you?”

The video initially appeared on the news website Kun.kz, but quickly went viral.

As the website explains, celebrations for Independence Day, which are normally held on September 1, were shifted to August 25 in Saikhunabad district. And then it was subsequently pushed back to two days later.

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