Skip to comments.Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for “emo” haircuts
Posted on 03/10/2012 7:53:46 AM PST by bayouranger
At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with emo appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it devil worshiping, activists said.
Iraqs Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministrys website condemning the emo phenomenon among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to eliminate the trend.
The Emo phenomenon or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since its detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger, the statement read.
They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities, it continued.
Religious extremists caught onto the interior ministry statement, and have been harassing and killing teenagers with strange or emo appearances.
A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists.
The armed men are said to belong to one of the most extremist religious groups in Iraq.
First they throw concrete blocks at the boys arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again, one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.
Iraqs moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministrys statement.
The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges between 90 and 100.
Whats most disturbing about this is that theyre so young, she said.
Al-Bayaty said the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected theres complicity of the Ministry of Interior in the killings.
Photos of the victims were released on Facebook, causing panic and fear among Iraqi students.
A young man with long hair expressed alarm at the government-ordained harassment of teenagers with Western appearances.
I have long hair but that doesnt mean Im an Emo. Im not less of a man if I have long hair. Lets not say that if I have long hair, Im a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me, he told Iraqs Al-Sharqiya television network.
Safiyyah al-Suhail, an MP, said on Thursday that some students have been recently arrested because they were wearing American jeans or had Western haircuts.
The interior ministry has not disclosed the number of teenage victims, but released a follow-up statement on Thursday warning extremists not to step on public freedom of Iraqis.
News of the gruesome deaths drew a stern reaction from Iraqs prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who criticized the stoning of the young men as an act of terrorism.
Below is the full English translation of the Iraqi interior ministrys inflammatory statement (original Arabic here):
The Director of the Moral Police of the Interior Ministry released a statement, saying The Emo phenomenon or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since its detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger.
Emo comes from the English word emotional and the phenomenon is popular among teenagers not only in Iraq, but in most societies. They use their appearances and movements as a method to express their emotions and embody their will and their view of life in their behavior.
Colonel Mushtaq Taleb al-Mahemdawi said: The Emo Phenomenon was discovered a while back by members of our force in Baghdad. A report has been made and given to the Ministry of Interior to receive an approval to carry on with the investigation and to know how to eliminate the phenomenon.
He added: The Ministry of Interior took this situation very seriously and received an approval from the Ministry of Education to set a plan under my full supervision and to allow us to enter schools in the capital.
There are some cases of the spread of this phenomenon specifically among schools in Baghdad, but we are facing great difficulty in the lack of women on the force who would allow us to carry the investigation more accurately since the phenomenon is more popular among girls between the ages of 14 and 18.
They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities.
Wait until Iranian teenagers discover mohawks, mullets, and spiked hairdos - we’ll be able to hear the sound of the heads of imams, mullahs, and ayatollahs exploding even as far away as here in the states!
Appears original article is from an Iraqi site - http://m.english.al-akhbar.com/content/iraqi-teenagers-stoned-death-emo-haircuts
Though certainly not for lack of justification. :)
They want to preserve thier male perverted utopia of sexual deviance, abuse and death. Haircuts are a threat
But they’re our bastards now!
Within a few years, expect Iraq to descend further into poverty. Islam is unsuited to technological society.
I'm waiting for the middle-class Iranians who engaged in protests in 2009 to finally come to the realization that they will be free only when the last mullah is dead and the last Quran is burned.
Stoned to death for emo? Can't they just leave the rock alone!?