Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts

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Published Friday, March 9, 2012

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.

Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's 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 it's 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 boy's 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.

Iraq's moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry's 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."

"What's most disturbing about this is that they're 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 "there's 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 doesn't mean I'm an Emo. I'm not less of a man if I have long hair. Let's not say that if I have long hair, I'm a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me," he told Iraq's Al-Sharqiya television network.

Below is the full Al-Sharqiya report in Arabic:

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 Iraq's 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 ministry's 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 it's 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."



Maybe in this ONE case I can go along with the stoning.

Where is the Big O I wasted my vote on back in 08... He turned out to be a real putz...

You were informed he would be a putz and he has been.

Please consider carefully this November. I would vote for Mr. Hanky before casting a vote for these facists.

Obama brought truth and justice to Iraq!

coming from a man who has plenty of emo friend i will tell you how rare it is that they cry. and when they do they have a good reason. when they cry, you can go fuck yourself

Among Jewish mothers, abortion is legal
until the child graduates law school.

Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.

At almost any moment in the Middle East and elsewhere, Arab children are being indoctrinated in their schools and religious academies in the principles of radical Islamic fundamentalism (Sharia) requiring the hatred of Jews, Westerners, and all non-Muslims.

Any fool who believes that acts of kindness, mercy or compassion will actually change the collective psyche of Islamic fundamentalist behavior had better understand the magnitude of unquenchable bigotry and hatred they're dealing with.

This is what we brought to Iraq. A crazy religious zealots perhaps worse then neighboring Iran.

Good name for a band: Stoning the Emos

Good name for a band: Crazy Religious Zealots.

Doesn't this make them Emo martyrs?

As a former Muslim and an immigrant to the United States, I ask my Muslim brothers to do as my great adopted country does and show some tolerance for those who are different. Please don't drop any more cinder blocks on your emo youth. Thank you, and remember to vote early and vote often!

now they/we need to do this to kids who don't pull their pants up.

Keep talking Republicans. You reveal the intelligence of you party with every comment. Jesus is proud of you.

I blame BUSH

down with whitey!! Allah rulz!

If you blame Bush, then you are stupid.

I blame bush too and the price of tea in China.The Lebonon Cedars are suspect also the way they just stand there!It's just insane what they get away with!!

I blame leftwing jackasses like YOU, as well as the islamic poison on this planet.

Bush simply didn't go FAR ENOUGH.

We should have treated iraq like Nazi Germany:

You want to eat / work/run for office / teach / work in a newspaper?


Still want to be jihadi? STARVE.

And all jihadi offenders FAMILY'S WILL BE DEPORTED TO HELL.

Now I know where the Nazi's who escaped left there progeny.In you! The global empire that has stolen the nation and uses our military for its own ends is the enemy. If you think the USA is free you are wrong, better off than the places we have bombed for 60 years but it is a police state ready to go.Bring US forces home and develop US resources and people.When the empire crumbles, as it is beginning to, the collaborators will face the guillotine .The Fed The IMF the World Bank the globalist elite are to blame for stealing the wealth of the people of earth and killing them in useless wars for their own profit. Educate yourself and choose a side, the fight is moving underground, but in the end the slavemasters will lose.I see the lies I was told as lies now, and I am not alone.maybe you should join up and go finish the job you are so righteous and tough....

You probably also voted for Obama.

Blame a hostile religion that oppresses women!

Of course you do. Why don't you blame the extremists who are actually hunting down the teenagers and throwing stones at them?

your an idiot

*you're an idiot*
It's supposed to be a contraction. That's when you combine 2 words together. Do you know the word irony?

*you're an idiot*
It's supposed to be a contraction. That's when you combine 2 words together. Do you know the word irony?

Double post much?

No, it was not President Bush to blame. You are at fault and must come to terms with your inner disrespect for the human race!

That isn't why this is happening. Your just trolling. The reason this is happening is because they see another culture, one that they like and they try to emulate it in a place where change is not accepted. Be intelligent and don't post just to say stupid things. "Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something."


I blame Obama. Should have never pulled troops out so quick. This is his fault. 90 teens stoned to death because of Obama. What a huge mistake we made voting for him. Hope: I hope those kids died quickly because of Obama; change, I hope the Iraqis stop stoning kids because of Obama.

Oh yeah, Bush also caused Katrina, blew up the dam to flood N.O., Japanese nuclear meltdown, famine in Africa, high gas prices in the US. let Osama escape, 911 was an inside job and accused Iran who is actually peacefully using nuclear power . The muslim terrorists never do anything wrong, certainly murdering children and wishing they had more female moral police to kill more girls is justified. They follow 14th century law, as the Christians did but gave up in modern times. The Muslims still follow the old ways with honor killings, beheading of non believers and the destruction of the entire world that is not a convert to hasten the 12th Iman's return is ok. Probably is ok with you, right? After all, BUSH did it, whatever it IS.

Sure, didn't you know? Everything is always Bush's fault. At least according the the anti-Americans.

Of course you do.

,of course you do .......

And you most likely supported Obama too right,,,or the moron Ron Paul...LOL

Most idiots do.


This sort of thing is culturally accepted by many throughout this region because of the perceived strength and shared religion of the promoters. Bush was trying to establish the strength and superiority of a better way to establish a society; one that values freedom and liberty. If the political left and the world would have embraced that vision instead of taking every oportunity to undermine and mischaracterize it, freedom and liberty could have a chance. As the left joined with the extremists to spread hate and mistrust of intentions, the youth in these areas were drawn toward the anti-freedom groups by default." So sad. You lefties are a bunch of twisted sickos.

I blame Fox News and the lack of higher mental functions (for these comments).

We all have a free will to Love or Hate . Choose wisely My Friend!

Stay thirsty, my friend.

But whichever you chose, try not to brutally murder others for how they look, think, feel.

Are we winning their hearts and minds yet?

Hearts and Minds. Well when I was there we would win when we put 2 shots to there heart and 2 shots to there mind . That's the only outcome I know of "Winning hearts and minds".

Yes, of the dudes with the Emo Haircuts.......

The US is no longer in Iraq, Hugh. Can't blame the US Anymore. It's all on Iraq now. Good luck with blame America for everything.

I'm told it takes time to win the hearts and minds of our Muslim brethren (for whom we brought Democracy and the love of Apple Pie to the people of Iraq). I would counsel patience here; hell hasn't frozen over yet.

These people are barbarians.

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