A group of Czech tourists have been arrested in Kazakhstan for donning Borat-style mankinis in the middle of the capital city.
Local authorities arrested the visitors for minor hooliganism and fined them €57 (NZ$98), before releasing them.
"I think they would not have reacted in any way".
"This is teasing, they should have been jailed", one person wrote on Instagram, while another said: "Should have had a criminal charge for insulting the honour of the nation". "It is because our police are so sensitive", Facebook user Vitaliy Shuptar responded.
Kazakh law considers hooliganism to be any act that is "a particularly audacious violation of public order", including "committing indecent acts", the Daily Mail reported.
The maximum penalty is up to a year in prison or in a "corrective labour" camp, though that is usually reserved for violent offences. Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which followed the title character to the United States, has been banned.
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (R), who plays Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, poses 12 October 2006 in Amsterdam before the premiere of his film 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.' Six Czech tourists were arrested Friday for sporting Borat's signature mankini in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Government officials felt the movie negatively portrayed Kazakhstan as racist and sexist. The country has slowly come to terms with the film, however.
Since then the national feeling has softened, with Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov actually praising the film in 2012, saying it has increased tourism.
However, in the same year, the film spurred controversy again when the spoof Kazakh anthem from the movie was played instead of the real anthem during the Arab Shooting Championships.