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

Watch Billy Madison much? Come up with your own stuff.

Somebody has seen a lil too much of that horrible movie billy madison. If you can't come up with your own intelligent comment, it's best left to people who can.

I must admit that I am suprised of how idiotic you are. You are probably one of the people who was complaining about the war but then switched sides when we finally pulled out.

According to the Muslims, Obama is just a good little "house negro," bowing down to Saudi Kings but totally ignoring propriety towards Western rulers. He gave the queen of England an IPod of his OWN speeches. When he got the Nobel Peace Prize (which just goes to show how low the standards fallen in order to receive THAT ignoble token) he didn't even see fit to give the King of Norway a fist bump while he was there! He's in it for himself, and damned the needs of the rest of the American people! If he somehow pulls a win this November, than that just proves why stupid people shouldn't vote. If we keep him in the White House, then this nation deserves what's coming to it!

Quit making everything about Obama. These people have been doing this since Muhammad in the 700s and will be doing it for years into the future. Unless of course you think we should have stayed in Iraq forever.

Wake up and get a life.......how many 10's of thousands did Bush kill by going into Iraq under false pretense in the first place? And for good measure, he destablized the whole region which has created the Iran problem. The old Iraq kept Iran in check.

Send them our hippies and middle earthers :-)

I am grieved over the obvious distortion of the teachings in the Koran! These extremists are killing young adults who are trying to find their true self and are not a threat to the society.The killers are the real threat because nowhere in the Koran does it condone these incredibly tragic killings. Fear, and more fear is what these killers are creating in their complex society. I pray God will intervene and stop this evil behavior!

You need to reread the Koran.

Joe Gates, I agree with most of what you said. However the Koran unfortunately calls for subjugation to Islam by force if necessary. It is by no means a religion of peace anymore than most religions. I can point you to the specific texts if you like but that would only serve to fill the world with further hatred.

Ummmm. Is it not true that if any person would try and stop the "stoners", they also would be killed? Is that is the "beauty" of your religion? Isn't it true that anyone who disagrees or leaves the religion is killed? Isn't that in the Koran?

To say that the moral authority and heart of a religion is distorting its true teaching..... doesn't really make sense. If the Pope told Catholics to do something, and they did it --- and it was morally reprehensible, we would be right in criticizing Christians.

With the Imams using the Koran to justify killing kids.... it is fair to judge this as the true intent of Muslims.

Those who carried out the murders are simply following the Koran. It's the same Koran that encourages a father to murder his daughter if in his mind they are too "Westernized." In Islam each man becomes "god" over women within his domain. He is the judge, jury, and executioner.

This news brings me great sorrow for it was I who cut their hair.

Mayberry must indeed look different.

Mayberry must indeed look different.

That was the greatest response I have ever read on any article.
Kudos!

No you didn't. That's the problem

Such a friendly religion

Have to agree, one of the friendliest religions out there. Always happy faces as they burn the U.S. flag and slit the throats of anyone who opposes the regime. Ahhhhhlaaaaaaa...indeed.

Yea, right.

yo anonymus,hope u get stoned today,u need it

I'm getting stoned

This are all iranian policies. Iran can only control iraq if it`s people define themselves solely through shiism. Everything thats threatening the shia identity in Iraq like "westernization" or -god forbid-arab Nationalism or "Mesopotaniism" will be targeted by Iran and it`s iraqi Puppets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_jL6mpGr44

Ahhh, the religion of peace. LOL

i just wonder why As`sad Abu Khalil don't mention this incident. I know. Because it`s not in Saudi Arabia. It´s in iran dominated iraq.

All in the name of God...... LOL. These people are insane, so they can murder children because they "Think" they are devil worshipers because they have a particular haircut style. Total insanity !!!

How ironic! Devils killing Devils...

If people only knew the truth. These religious leaders are actually blue coat members who have the whole world decieved. They worship Lucifer as God and their motto the same as their master"lie,steal, kill and decieve the world" They are a bunch of greedy social parasites. Even the US leaders are blue coat members. I'm a stonemsan by trade and know their works. {Isaiah 56:1 KJV}

Yeah. Cause THAT doesn't sound any less fucking crazy. :I

Stoned to death for emo haircuts? So? What do we have to do to get this kind of stuff here at home????

"What do we have to do to get this kind of stuff here at home????"

Re-Elect Obama

It's coming this way via the neocons. The RINO's will be implementing their theocracy in the coming years. New boss, same as the old boss. Enjoy your slavery. May you chains lay lightly.

(RINO) means Republican In Name Only moron. It is a term used to describe people who are not true republicans. BTW, many republicans are atheist, it’s a political philosophy, not a religious philosophy. Pull your head out.

Hey Dimba, The Republicans made one hell of a mistake with the patriot act not considering that these infringements would be turned over to liberals in control at some point such as now. Now that the liberals have taken over the laws have been greatly enhanced, now we have TSA agents removing diapers for 90 year old women and agents putting their hands down 6 year old girls pants and defending it. Once they can justify that, what freedoms are left? The only thing I see liberals doing is pushing this nation into a socialist nanny state void of any individual freedoms or rights. I see few defenses of liberty except those that push immorality. Yes liberals do defend that. I am sure your see nothing wrong with any of it. Maybe Obama will send a drone out to an American citizen near you.

It's coming this way via the neocons. The RINO's will be implementing their theocracy in the coming years. New boss, same as the old boss. Enjoy your slavery. May you chains lay lightly.

you must be realy stupid, or you are just saying this as some sort of what you think is a joke.

you need to catch up on your news, because what you have said is not factual.

before you speak, you should know what you are talking about.
you're stupid.

Sorry, buddy, it is your ball busting Demos who want to round people up and put them in camps, like your idol FDR.
They are only interested in making more people dependent on the government, becoming wards of the state. That my friend is freedom lost, that is slavery. Wake up, idiot.

No, imbecile...the gulags and ovens will be manned by none other than the Nazis in the DemonCrap Party. It's DEMOCRATS that tell us what to eat, what we can breathe, what we can say, where we can go, what we can and cannot do. You "Democrat" scum make me sick. You don't even realize that you are the embodiment of pure Communism, i.e., total and complete dictatorial central control over the entire population.

I'm not a Democrat, I used to consider myself a Republican, was even a delegate for my county for a few years. But having dealt with them for that time, I realized they are no better or truly want anything different than the dem's. Hence, the Patriot Act, the NDAA, Citizens United, etc... I now consider myself a fiscally conservative constitutionalist looking for a party not filled with zionist sheeple looking to create a Christian theocracy of our country.... Have yet to find one.

(RINO) means Republican In Name Only moron. It is a term used to describe people who are not true republicans. BTW, many republicans are atheist, it’s a political philosophy, not a religious philosophy. Pull your head out.

Randy, do you even know what RHINO stands for? I think you meant NEOCON but you are mistaken on both counts. Liberals are the ones who develop the internment camps and make you color inside the lines.

Somehow I see the humor in this completely insensitive post.. I want to laugh with you, and punch you, all at the same time...

re-elect Obama, and it will be here also.

Congratulations USA. great job in IRAQ. Wait to see what happens in Egypt, Lybia etc.. I can not wait till we get into Syria, Iran ETC....

AMAZING! While staring right into the face of pure evil, from the comfort of your climate controled home, typing away on your ipad. You still degrade the USA that you live in. Truly amazing. Nothing like this occurs here, nor will it. That is why so many people risk there lives for ANY chance to be in the USA. Your biggest worry is the zit on your chin, and how to pay for the useless course you chose to take in college. NO ONE EVER swims to CuBA!!

Yes clearly if the US hand't been there the Iraqi's would have embraced the emo movement. Or are you congratulating the liberal hipster declining morality of hollywood of creating a movement that the entire world detests?

Are you serious, we're not doing this, this is being done by a bunch of backwards idiots who need to come out of the stoneages. Don't blame us for this barbaric behavior. They were doing these horrible things and much more before we ever got there, Put the blame where it belongs, on the loving Muslim religion.

Don't worry as you continue to throw out Christianity in this country the vacuum will bring in the Islamic religion here and you'll get to experience this backward culture and religion first hand.

Don't blame this on America fool. The Iraqis were screwed up long before the Gulf War.

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