Teens Stoned To Death By Iraqi Militants Over 'Emo Culture'
Mar 12, 2012 11:38
If you think growing up emo is bad, just be grateful that your not an emo kid stuck in the Middle East. According to reports, at least 14 young people have been stoned to death over the past three weeks, apparently for wearing "emo" clothes and haircuts.
It all began back in February 2012, when Iraq's interior ministry declared "emo" to be "Satanism," and demanded that a community police force end the trend for good. Militants then began circulating leaflets with the names of emo kids in danger of being killed.
"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.
The resulting attacks sent 14 youths to the hospital with fatal injuries from rocks and bricks, while 6 others were wounded as a "warning." Hospital sources "were not authorized to speak to the media," meaning that there was no official confirmation that these deaths are linked to the victims' emo style.
Following the reports, the interior ministry then decided to wash their hands of the matter by denying that their ruling had any connection to these attacks. On Thursday, they released a statement condemning the media for the allegation:
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. 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.