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."

(Al-Akhbar)

Comments

Waco?

Mr. God made school boards. Mrs. God made spell checkers just to see how lazy we are.
When God created the Internet, the Mayan's owned the patent on the number zero.
In the beginning, the root server had to be loaded by hand- a hand with eight (octal) digits!
Would it be more accurate to say devil worshiping blood drinking bankers universally suck?
Healthy happy supportive gods recommend eating cukes, not nukes. Play well with others!

>> At least Juiaism and Christianity evolved hundreds of years ago into peaceful faiths.

And they don't understand why there is such Islomophobia around the world. After all Islam is a religion of peace.

A healthy distrust and fear of something that is clearly a danger to mankind isn't a phobia. Pretending that the same thing is a worthy and constructive culture is simply being naive in a dangerous way. www.thereligionofpeace.com

just disgusting. Is this the democracy that we brought? So they can have morons called "moral police"
makes me sick, these savages are MONSTERS! They have corrupted the people into being the MOST EVIL AND SADISTIC PEOPLE ON THE PLANET!!!!
They think they are moral and following god's will but all they do is follow a devil, evil that is worse than hitler, stalin, geghis khan, mao tse tung.

HEY MR OBAMA WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE AGAINST THIS? OR ARE YOU TOO BUSY VACATIONING AND PLAYING BASKETBALL

This in no way can can be attributed to Obama nor can you expect him to control every inhumane act that is perpetrated in the world. The ignorance you displayed with that last sentence demonstrates the reason political elections in this country are nearly useless. I have a strong feeling you're a right wing lunatic with no rational sense. God help us all (but please don't base the values of my country on any one religion. That's why the this very story happened after all, because their society is solely a religious one)

I'll wager you blamed Bush for everything on the planet that happened. It's toughh when you're held to the standard you set for everyone else.

"This in no way can can "....

facepalm.

Well, of course it's not Obama's fault that these teenagers were killed, but I think this guy has a point; Obama (like everyone else) is selectively critical; it seems to me he dislikes having to confront Arabs/Muslims/the Middle East (with the exception of Israel, because we know they might really listen).... :)

Stoning is what democrats & Obama call abortion.

I think if you fry eggs in oil they taste better than butter. Same with Beef or Chicken. Cream and other dairy products really aren't meant for meat dishes.

Actually, eggs taste best when you cook them on hot slabs of rock, smeared with bear fat. Come to think of it, EVERYTHING tastes better with bear fat.

Read more at www.ZeskoWhirligan.com

Okay, but oil splatters all over the place when I try to fry something in a pan.

Are you kidding JJ? Are not Christian churches banging the war drumbs against a peacefull nation even now? Calling for a "first strike" against Iran. And Israel is the most blood thirsty nation on the planet. They stole their land from palestine, drove many of the residents of Gaza from their homes and bulldozed them. Gaza is the biggest prison on earth and Israel is the new Nazi.

Bill, you are a liar and a fool....and no doubt, a Democrat

Israelis do not slaughter their own children. The Israel Defense Force looks like Santa Claus and his reindeer compared to the barbarians in the Persian and Arab world.

Bill - learn your history and get your facts straight. Islam originated in Arabian peninsula, in the towns of Mecca and Medina. It spread across through violence and conquest. Possibly millions killed in the process.

7th century: Middle East, North Africa, Persia, Afghanistan.
8th century: Spain (until 1492), Central Asia.
10th-13th centuries: Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa, India (including modern Pakistan and Bangladesh), Malaysia, Indoniesia.
14th-16th centuries: China, Philippines, Eastern Europe.

Palestinians are from Jordan and Syria. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one percent of the landmass. But that's too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.

According to the United Nations, any person that spent TWO YEARS in "Palestine" before 1948, with or without proof, is a "Palestinian", as well as all the descendants of that person. Indeed, the PLO leaders eagerly demand the "right" of all Palestinians to come back to the land that they occupied before June 1967 c.e., but utterly reject to return back to the land where they lived only 50 years before, namely, in 1917 c.e. Why? Because if they agree to do so, they have to settle back in Iraq, Syria, Arabia, Libya, Egypt. Only a handful Arabs would remain in Israel It is thoroughly documented that the first inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael after some centuries were the Jewish pioneers, and not the Arabs so-called Palestinians.

"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".

- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -

It's not Israel's fault that the "Palestinians" live in squalor. They are a people who choose war and death over building better lives. The entire population embraces a school system that primarily focuses on hatred and self-pity, rather than improving the lives of the students. The entire population seems to favor putting much needed money into building tunnels, buying arms, etc rather than starting businesses, improving farms, etc. They received $1.8 billion in international aid in 2008 alone. The people watched the money be used for terrorism, it lined the pockets of Arafat, and they did nothing about it. And Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, etc have allowed the situation.

WTF ru talking about. Go to a library & get yourself educated about the history of the Jews in their ancestral homeland now called Israel and see how your Muslim breathren have used your poor Muslim Palestinian cousins as mere pawns for over half a century in their ongoing and ever consuming hatred war for all that is Jewish. Sad that you cannot see how easily all Arab dictatorships maintain their power and control over the uneducated masses by deflecting all that is corrupt and evil in their palatial backyards towards the evil Jews.

Thousands of christians around the world are killled and dozens of christian churches are burned and desecrated every year by adherents to the so-called religion of peace. It seems though there are those who get upset when the lambs strike back at the wolves. The land of Palestine was set aside for a Jewish homeland and still Jews relinquished 85% of the territory to Arabs. Jews are a semtic people as are Arabs and are indigenous to the land of Palestine. Had surrounding Arab country allowed displaced Palestinians to incorporate into their countries as Israel did to forcibly displaced Jews into Israel then their would be no problems as we have today.

Israel is "blood thirsty"? Dude...their enemies lauch rockets from school yards and hospital roofs without regard for the saftery of the innocents inside. Israel started all those wars? It was the British that partitioned the land into Jewish and Arab in 1947....is was the Arabs states who rejected and told the local arab residents to flee because they were going to anhilate the new Jewish state over-night. Too bad they lost. Get you facts straight. But hey if you would feel safer in the hands of an Arab government than in the hands of the Israeli government...go for it. Take your loved ones with you and hopefully you dont get stoned to death. Lets face it...everything you write is driven simply by your hatred of Jews right? I mean you really beleive that Israel is the worst blood thirsty country in the world? The only logic in that comment is just pure hatered of Jews. Go ahead an just admit it.

Your wasting your time trying to educate these people they get their information from each other while they're either high, drunk or pissed and never check the facts. They gotta hate somebody.

Israelis are predominantly Jewish, not Christian. Thanks for playing.

Nice try with your propaganda. FALSE. Try objectivity and truth next time.

stupid 7th century stone age (no pun intended) savages. nuke them all.

Yeah, Jesus wanted to nuke societies. You are so far lost that I don't even think meeting Him would solve your issues.

"According to activists" oh dear. Have these "Activists" provided any actual proof that any of these deaths actually ocurred, or is this yet another completely unverified claim without any proof to back it up.

There are pictures everywhere. I have friends in Baghdad who lost loved ones. This is very true.

The same stupidity was shown prior and during to WWII about concentration camps you moron.

Insane stuff like this isn't what my colleagues died for down there! I'm slowly losing faith in the human race...

This has nothing o do with the human race. It has to do with Islamic extremists, who do the devil's bidding on a daily basis and try to make it look like it's for God.

Peaceful religion, huh?

Religion of peace, eh? More like religion of barbarians.

we should do this in America

Go to Hell

It helps keep the population and unemployment down, making more room for our neighboring countries people

It helps keep the population and unemployment down, making more room for our neighboring countries people

You Sir...are an I D I O T! Do the same thing in America? You do not deserve to live here...go live there jerk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bravo moralists and religous peeps! Your God is so proud of you! I wonder who that God may be tho.

Excuse you.. I'm pretty sure god is not happy about this?!?!? I'm pretty sure that he'll is after them

Extreme cruelty, those barbarians who still living in medieval time has to be ruled as they were with Sadam......

Poor kids!

Martin from Argentina.

Has it occurred to any of you genuises that this story may not be true?

The answer from anyone who has been to Iraq, or Afghanistan, is of course it is true. This is perfectly in line with how a large segment of the population thinks/acts.

I work with a MD who is from Nigeria who told me, if you are "gay" where i am from, they stone you.....so i'd believe this story. Those people there are animals (not all of course) but they be head people all the time!!

Geniuses?

and did it ever occur to you that other then the religion, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MUZ ZIES AMD THE NAZI'S?

Of course it probably is not true - but it wouldn't surprise me. More people are killed in the name of "god" than anything.

you are an idiot. Mao (40 mil), Stalin (> 40 mil), and Hitler (> 20 mil) each slaughtered more people than were killed by any other organization - in all the world's history - combined. Your argument has been repeated so often that the anti faithful have taken the idea as gospel.

Thank you. And to the people who are saying more people are killed in the name of "Allah" not god look up a translation sometime. Allah is the equivalent of the english word God. Even Christians in these Arab Countries call your version of God "Allah"

Lying and deceit are allowed by adherents of one major religion as long as it benefits the expansion of that religion. The God of my religion would never condone such a thing as both are sins. Both religions acknowledge God but which is God and which is the One who desires to be God? Now, this discussion could go on forever but if your idea of god is nothing short of a righteous entity demanding you strive to be as He then you are lost. This comment is not to malign any one religion but refers to any sect of any religion.

No, people are not killing in the name of God. Get that straight. They are killed because some people are just evil. That is best described as the absence of God.

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