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Lin Lin
Mar 11th, 2012, 02:58 PM
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http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2012/03/11/iraqi-shiite-militia-stone-youths-to-death-for-western-style-emo-punk-clothes/

At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi’ite militants against youths wearing Western-style “emo” clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.

Militants in Shi’ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.

The killings have taken place since Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the “emo” subculture last month, labeling it “Satanism” and ordering a community police force to stamp it out.

“Emo” is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

At least 14 bodies of youths have been brought to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks or bricks, security and hospital sources told Reuters under condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Nine bodies were brought to hospitals in Sadr City, a vast, poor Shi’ite neighborhood, three were brought to East Baghdad’s main al-Kindi hospital and two were brought to the central morgue, medical sources said.

Six other young people, including two girls, were wounded in beatings intended as warnings, the security sources said.

Lin Lin
Mar 11th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Is this true?:unsure:

pov
Mar 11th, 2012, 04:17 PM
The complete article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/10/us-iraq-emo-killings-idUSBRE8290CY20120310

Iraq militia stone youths to death for "emo" style
Sat, Mar 10 2012

By Ahmed Rasheed and Mohammed Ameer

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.

Militants in Shi'ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.

The killings have taken place since Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out.

"Emo" is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

At least 14 bodies of youths have been brought to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks or bricks, security and hospital sources told Reuters under condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Nine bodies were brought to hospitals in Sadr City, a vast, poor Shi'ite neighborhood, three were brought to East Baghdad's main al-Kindi hospital and two were brought to the central morgue, medical sources said.

Six other young people, including two girls, were wounded in beatings intended as warnings, the security sources said.

"Last week I signed the death certificates of three of those young people, and the reason for death I wrote in my own hand was severe skull fractures," a doctor at al-Kindi hospital told Reuters. "A very powerful blow to the head caused these fractures which totally smashed the skull of the victim."

A leaflet distributed in the Shi'ite Bayaa district of east Baghdad seen by Reuters on Saturday had 24 names of youths targeted for killing.

"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," the leaflet said.

Another leaflet in Sadr City bore 20 names. "We are the Brigades of Anger. We warn you, if you do not get back to sanity and the right path, you will be killed," it said.

In a statement last month the interior ministry said it was monitoring "the 'emo' phenomenon, or Satanism" which it said was spreading through schools, particularly among teenage girls.

"They wear tight clothes that bear paintings of skulls, they use school implements with skulls and wear rings in their noses and tongues as well as other weird appearances," it said.

After reports of the stonings circulated on Iraqi media, the interior ministry said this week that no murders on its files could be blamed on the reaction to "emo".

"Many media have reported fabricated news reports about the so-called 'emo' phenomenon - stories about tens of young people killed in various ways, including stoning," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"No murder case has been recorded with the interior ministry on so-called 'emo' grounds. All cases of murder recorded were for revenge, social and common criminal reasons."

CLERICS DENOUNCE KILLINGS

Iraq's leading Shi'ite clerics have condemned the stonings.

Abdul-Raheem al-Rikabi, Baghdad representative for Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called the killings "terrorist attacks".

"Such a phenonomenon which has spread among young people should be tackled through dialogue and peaceful means and not through physical liquidation," Rikabi told Reuters.

In a response to questions on his website on Saturday, Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite cleric whose followers dominate Sadr City, described "emo" youths as "crazy and fools", but said they should be dealt with only through the law.

"They are a plague on Muslim society, and those responsible should eliminate them through legal means," he said.

Abu Ali al-Rubaie, a leading Sadr aide in Sadr City, said the cleric's followers had nothing to do with the killings.

"In this issue and in all such problems we always use peaceful and educational methods to correct any wrongdoings. We are not connected in any way to those groups allegedly responsibility for killing those young people."

In the years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, most of Baghdad's neighborhoods were under the firm grip of Sunni and Shi'ite religious militias which enforced strict dress codes.

Today, the militias have largely disappeared, Baghdad is far more peaceful and many youths experiment with Western styles, although much of Iraqi society remains conservative.

On the streets of Baghdad, people said they had heard of the killings through the media. Many expressed disapproval of the "emo" style, but said murder was no way to respond.

"I saw them a couple weeks ago ... a bunch of girls, high-school aged, walking together, dressed in black. They had long black eye makeup and bracelets with skulls and chains on their handbags with skulls," said Abdullah, 31.

"If they are close friends who have something in common, that's all right. If other things we hear about them are true, like sucking each other's blood or worshipping the devil, that is not accepted in our society. But I think this is just a trend to imitate the West."

(Additional reporting by Kareem Raheem and Peter Graff; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

pierce85
Mar 11th, 2012, 06:28 PM
This nation's political and religious leaders represent pure evil for me. Different cultures and customs my ass.

Sammo
Mar 11th, 2012, 06:35 PM
:cuckoo:

ce
Mar 11th, 2012, 08:43 PM
:scared:

tennisbum79
Mar 12th, 2012, 01:40 AM
Sadly, liberals don't care about Muslim youths being tortured. They only care when US troops pee on Taliban courses. Then, there is a lot of outrage.
What does this have to do with liberals?

If you want to push that angle I can venture to say those you who committed these acts are considered conservatives in Iraq, in the name of protective their values.



This is a despicable act that need to be condemned by all decent people, everywhere, regardless of ideology.

Londoner
Mar 12th, 2012, 06:32 AM
Which is why spending billions of $s and thousands of lives in countries like Iraq and Afghsnistan is a total waste. Once the troops are gone it will be open season all over again. We should just leave these countries alone. A version of the 'iron curtain' will be far more effective.

Otlichno
Mar 12th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Which is why spending billions of $s and thousands of lives in countries like Iraq and Afghsnistan is a total waste. Once the troops are gone it will be open season all over again. We should just leave these countries alone. A version of the 'iron curtain' will be far more effective.

It was that way even with the soldiers in the country. :lol:

dybbuk
Mar 12th, 2012, 06:28 PM
I read about this in the NYT today. Apparently it's both teenagers who dress in a Western "emo" way and gay people. The crazies doing this often conflate the two. It's a sad situation.

fifty-fifty
Mar 13th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Sadly, liberals don't care about Muslim youths being tortured. They only care when US troops pee on Taliban courses. Then, there is a lot of outrage.


Iraq was more secular under Saddam.

edificio
Mar 13th, 2012, 06:13 AM
Sadly, liberals don't care about Muslim youths being tortured. They only care when US troops pee on Taliban courses. Then, there is a lot of outrage.

What? :confused:

Straw man argument here.

wta_zuperfann
Mar 13th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Is this true?:unsure:

"The Interior Minister of Iraq is now denying that the killings have taken place."

http://cofcc.org/2012/03/wave-of-teenage-murders-sweeps-iraq/

Can't say for certain but we have had an endless array of reports about life in the ME that have turned out to be false. If true, then they need to be corrected with justice. If false, the reports need to be stopped.

AliceMariaRenka
Mar 13th, 2012, 06:35 PM
Iraq was more secular under Saddam.

And probably more stable.

All that will happen in a few years is that another Dictator or extremist group will take power after more bloodshed.

ordinary citizens are rarely any better off after so called victories in war.

HippityHop
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:48 PM
And probably more stable.

All that will happen in a few years is that another Dictator or extremist group will take power after more bloodshed.

ordinary citizens are rarely any better off after so called victories in war.

True. Certain countries need a strongman to keep them in line. Of course it was a mistake for Iraq to ever be a single country to begin with. Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds all in one country? Not a good idea.

Look what happened in the former Yugoslavia when Tito died. All the crap that the dictator suppressed by force started to bubble up.

*Nefertiti*
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Political Islam or Islamism needs to vanish from this area as well as every religious communities. As an Egyptian I know the whole area was more secular in 60s for example. It's a long story but without any doubt I realized there's no future for us without getting rid of all forms of religion in politics and in laws, etc.

I am happy now, so I am not going to talk about this issue in detail, bye. RIP all who were killed.