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

You are kidding right? Separation of church and state was to protect the church from the state and is why those left England and settled here. You may want to read up on why we had "pilgrims" in the first place and why they left England. It was not because they felt like it or we're looking for work!

How about Americans stone any raghead who looks like Mohammad, the false profit of Islam?...a cult of crazy whore mongers whose children have been birthed of the devil himself.

It seems to me that the true devil worshippers are the murderers and the ignorant mullahs who inspire these butchers. Shame on the followers of Islam who support these vicious murders.

This is America's legacy in Iraq, place the blame where the blame lays. Millions displaced, murdered, and now left to rot while the world stands back and has the audacity to blame Muslim extremists for the current situation.

Right. It was much better when Saddam's armies were raping young girls and killing all Shiites and Kurds. Why don't you ask your dear leader why he is sending billions of American dollars to the Muslim brotherhood to go into all those countries and start revolutions and bring in those extremist theocracies?

Or keep watching msnbc and stay clueless.

So you're blaming America and NOT the islamic murderers ? Monumentally stupid of you . I suppose you should have your god Obama go and bow and apologize to the mullahs.

And everyone was pissed at the US for dunking a few hardened terrorist under water to scare them!

This only shows we never should have went to war with Iraq. They are quite capable of killing themselves.

Well, lets hope it doesn't give our administrationa any ideas. Freedom is on the run in the USA...

Boy, that wasn't over the top, dramatic, and wildly inaccurate. Seriously.

Yet another example of the alleged religion of peace.

"60 Minutes" news magazine TV show is airing an interview with an Israeli Mossad ex-chief whom, it's been leaked, says for Israel not to attack Iran, that the leaders of Iran are "rational" actors and somehow can be dealt with other than force. It appears there are genuine idiots in high places - or formerly in high places, as this ex-chief - all over the world. We have our own brand of deluded idiot here in America; they are called liberals.

No religion acts in such brutal and arbitrary ways to kill its own people for a hairstyle -- only a cult of the devil himself could do that. That cult is Islam.

I am Christian and denounce anyone who does such acts in the name of God. Christ is Lord. I pray you bring down fire on these Islamic devils posing as clerics.

Heres your DEMOCRACY little dead iraqi boy! Now get back in your cage and eat your banana little monkey american!

Google religion of peace

I don't know whether this story is true or not but this story is appalling. I'm glad the Muslim leader Sistani has condemned this. It takes more like him to stand up to this backwardness.

Is it any wonder that the rest of the world sees Islam as mired in the Middle Ages?

Bible says two men ought not lay together. Not funny HaHa funny queer. Hmmm Ummmm

Yes. The Religion of Peace. Let's ship all the progressive over there.

Why not send in the republiclowns ... they are the ones who installed the morality police. Iraq was the only secular state in the region. It was Bush who called it a religion of peace not the liberals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0phxuzQ7sE

“Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans,” Bush told reporters as he met with . Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others.”
George W Bush 11/13/02

I recall plenty of Christians going to church and pray for our troops to do what ever it took to get Saddam and find non existant WMDs. Doing what ever it took mean killing untold numbers of Iraqi citizens. So much for your religions of peace. In fact the only religion started by a pacifist is Christianity yet there the Christians were dong the happy dance over shock and awe. Talking up God's will etc. The problem with sanctimonious people like you is that if you did't get your hands dirty it didn't happen.

Hey guys please stop, its not about who is wrong and who is right, there is lives taken away out there, don't you get it?!!! its a new distraction made by IRAQI government to distract people and make them busy while they keep stealing our money, our right and now our lives.
WAKE UP BECAUSE YOU BEHAVE JUST AS THEY WANT YOU TO DO.

Hey guys please stop, its not about who is wrong and who is right, there is lives taken away out there, don't you get it?!!! its a new distraction made by IRAQI government to distract people and make them busy while they keep stealing our money, our right and now our lives.
WAKE UP BECAUSE YOU BEHAVE JUST AS THEY WANT YOU TO DO.

See this is another PC site. Just get tired of having to split up words to comment.

Yeah, I wish I lived over there....right!!!

Save ammo use rocks.

We went over there and killed 1,000,000 of them. There were no WMD's Iran does not have a Nuclear Weapon!! Its time to change our foreign policy.

Infinitus est numerus stultorum.

God Bless free masonry

Evil doers!
God Bless the USA!, and God Bless Israel! Thank God for the Free Masons, who keep these barbarians in check.

This is what happens when your country is ruled by a theocracy. Whether it be islam, Christianity, or countless others, religion will find a way to kill (or, at least the inevitable extremists will). There's always always been two simple solutions: separation of church (or mosque) and state, or my personal favorite, atheism haha

Yes, the atheists have done very well in ruling. Millions exterminated in Russia, billions in china, millions in southeast Asia....and coming soon to the new amerika, where everyone has rights except those who disagree with the media/government and the zombie colleges...

At least the Russian Bolsheviks and Mensheviks had intelligence.
But then I guess ya never studied any of that in your government school...too busy worrying over birth control.

Yeah, because here in the United States we have roving bands of Christians that torture children to death because they have skulls on thier tee-shirts.... You are a dolt. Don't compare Islam to Christianity you uneducated fool. Christians in civilized countries don't kill 'non-believers' as does the religion of pieces.

AMEN!

Really? Free Masons?

Oh it really is a friendly religion; the Moral Police have just misunderstood Islam.

Great job Obama. You rushed out of Iraq to fill a campaign promise. Now teens are dying just like they are in Syria. Does that mean we will be attacking Iraq in 6 months like we did Syria and Libya ?? Obama is the biggest idiot and pretty soon the whole world is gonna hate him. GREAT JOB OBAMA YOU OWN THIS !!! 90 FRICKEN KIDS ??????????

Are we supposed to keep our soldiers in Iraq for the next hundred years to babysit these religious nutcases? Who were the groups who approved invasion and "regime change"? Remember the old e-mails of how our boys would bring over suitcases of Bibles and change their culture?

we haven't attacked Syria.....yet!

We did not pull out of Iraq, we were asked to leave, thats why no residual forces remain0 And also why we left so apruptly/. We were kivked out and the apologiest and cheif tucked tail and pulled out

So John Freiheit, you want to volunteer to go over there yourself to help prevent Iraqis from stoning other Iraqis? Or just sacrifice the blood of our troops instead, like we've been doing all along? I'll bet your choice is the latter.

Staying in Iraq was not Americas responsibility. What they're doing is something that's been done for generations upon generations in their society. Our ideal "Modernization" that America tries to push is horrible. Iraq, will stay that way.
The "Idiot" is you, for assuming that because a violent region should be regulated by force and our own funding. Remember that recession we're in? Why should we be responsible for a country that hates us.
Is it our "responsibility"?
If you care so much, why don't you pick up a gun and fly over there yourself.

Yes. Kids died. Terrible. I'm 18, and I know these "Emo" styles they're talking about. I'm not dumb, and close minded like most Americans. Like you.
Why don't you stop trying to blame all of your troubles on one, mortal man? How can you be so ignorant to think a man with the responsibilities of an entire goddamn country can fulfill all of the selfish needs of every American?
He can't. So get over your dumb self, and get over the fact that this is not something that America could have prevented. Unless, maybe we put armed marines in every Iraqi classroom?

I'm no supporter of Obama, but he's done all he can in the terrible situation that redneck has given him.
Stop being so ignorant. Come up with an actual plan that would logically work, back it up, and stop pointing fingers you pompous prick.
How many kids do you think died in september 11th?
Yeah. I pulled that card.

Why should we help them, if they've still made no effort to apologize or offer us some form of compensation. Iraq is another 3d world country we should leave alone. Or, America will end up just like that. Resourceless and poor.
And I bet you wouldn't like that, would you?
Then you wouldn't have an internet to complain on, and hide behind.

You're just another scum thinking you're right about everything, contributing nothing.

You feel tough now, wow our school are doing a great job this just proves. Obama has done nothing different than that southern idiot. Kept our troops in the same place, left Gitomo open, extended the 2001 tax cuts, left us in Afgan, and on and on. Somehow you now think he has done a good job. You feel like an independent thinker at 18 but you wouldn't no an original thought if it hit you with a tweet, text, or email. Oh yeah I pulled the technology card.

Staying in Iraq was not Americas responsibility. What they're doing is something that's been done for generations upon generations in their society. Our ideal "Modernization" that America tries to push is horrible. Iraq, will stay that way.
The "Idiot" is you, for assuming that because a violent region should be regulated by force and our own funding. Remember that recession we're in? Why should we be responsible for a country that hates us.
Is it our "responsibility"?
If you care so much, why don't you pick up a gun and fly over there yourself.

Yes. Kids died. Terrible. I'm 18, and I know these "Emo" styles they're talking about. I'm not dumb, and close minded like most Americans. Like you.
Why don't you stop trying to blame all of your troubles on one, mortal man? How can you be so ignorant to think a man with the responsibilities of an entire goddamn country can fulfill all of the selfish needs of every American?
He can't. So get over your dumb self, and get over the fact that this is not something that America could have prevented. Unless, maybe we put armed marines in every Iraqi classroom?

I'm no supporter of Obama, but he's done all he can in the terrible situation that redneck has given him.
Stop being so ignorant. Come up with an actual plan that would logically work, back it up, and stop pointing fingers you pompous prick.
How many kids do you think died in september 11th?
Yeah. I pulled that card.

Why should we help them, if they've still made no effort to apologize or offer us some form of compensation. Iraq is another 3d world country we should leave alone. Or, America will end up just like that. Resourceless and poor.
And I bet you wouldn't like that, would you?
Then you wouldn't have an internet to complain on, and hide behind.

You're just another scum thinking you're right about everything, contributing nothing.

You're an idiot. Who has attacked Syria? Not the U.S... I was on the Iraqi side of the border as we chased Syrian weapons suppliers back into Syria and, as an American soldier, could not send a bullet into their country. Get your facts straight you moron. It is easy to critisize when you have never actually defended your country. Enjoy your video games champ.

You are aware that it was GWB whonegotiated the removal of troops from Iraq, right? President Obama was just following through with the agreement. I bet that if he kept troops in Iraq longer, you'd be mad at him for that too.

And you do realize that the only reason we left is because the Iraqi government told us to either get the F*** out or they would send their troops on us as invaders. Try reading a (non)American news report sometime. Neither Obama or Bush wanted us out.

We never belonged in Iraq. This was the HALLIBURTON WAR, thanks be to "W"
Bush (I think they called him "shrub" in Texas). The sad truth is that FREEDOM can never be given to a people. It must always be seized at the cost of blood.

With American blood we set up a puppet government headed by the most vile of the vilest of the vile, who has long been showing his true colors. Iraqi freedom can only be secured by the blood of Iraqis. These children are a terrible price to pay, but even now Iraqis have not awakened to seize their freedom.

To blame an American President for the laws of history which have been demonstrated time and again in recorded history is to acknowledge IGNORANCE of the world's realities. "Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it."

We never belonged in Iraq. This was the HALLIBURTON WAR, thanks be to "W"
Bush (I think they called him "shrub" in Texas). The sad truth is that FREEDOM can never be given to a people. It must always be seized at the cost of blood.

With American blood we set up a puppet government headed by the most vile of the vilest of the vile, who has long been showing his true colors. Iraqi freedom can only be secured by the blood of Iraqis. These children are a terrible price to pay, but even now Iraqis have not awakened to seize their freedom.

To blame an American President for the laws of history which have been demonstrated time and again in recorded history is to acknowledge IGNORANCE of the world's realities. "Those ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it."

Re-done without the profanity...

This has nothing to do with Obama! We were out there trying to govern another country (which we have no right to do) who DID NOT WANT US THERE. We were convinced by our government that we were there helping these people. If our soldiers are being killed and bombed every day, did you ever stop to think maybe THEY DON'T WANT OUR HELP? What right do we have to go to other countries and tell them what to do anyway. The United States is not the ruler of the world. People like you who think we should control everyone everywhere are the REASON most other countries hate Americans so much. It is terrible and unfortunate that so many cruel and unfair things happen in other countries, but we cannot go and expect them to change because we tell them to. All that would do is cause more war and more deaths. A WHOLE lot more that 90 people died while we were over there. Including children. Go ahead and talk to some American Soldiers, and if they're even willing to revisit it, they'll tell you some of the HORRIBLE things they were ordered to do. Which include busting into peoples homes and slaughtering entire families with women and children, because they heard a terrorist MIGHT be in the AREA. The one good thing Obama did, was finally get us out of there before anymore innocent people, American or otherwise, died in vain.

This has nothing to do with Obama! Are you really that ignorant? We were out there trying to govern another country (which we have no right to do) who DID NOT WANT US THERE. We were convinced by our government that we were there helping these people. If our soldiers are being killed and bombed every day, did you ever stop to think maybe THEY DON'T WANT OUR HELP? What right do we have to go to other countries and tell them what to do anyway. The United States is not the ruler of the fucking world. People like you who think we should control everyone everywhere are the REASON most other countries hate Americans so much. It is terrible and unfortunate that so many cruel and unfair things happen in other countries, but we cannot go and expect them to change because we tell them to. All that would do is cause more war and more deaths. A WHOLE lot more that 90 people died while we were over there. Including children. Go ahead and talk to some American Soldiers, and if they're even willing to revisit it, they'll tell you some of the HORRIBLE things they were ordered to do. Which include busting into peoples homes and slaughtering entire families with women and children, because they heard a terrorist MIGHT be in the AREA. The one good thing Obama did, was finally get us out of there before anymore innocent people, American or otherwise, died in vain.

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent statement were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who read your commet is now dumber for having read it. May God have mercy on your soul

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