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Militants Murder Iraqis For Being ‘EMO’

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Militants Murder Iraqis For Being ‘EMO’, At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shiite militants against youths wearing Western-style “emo” clothes and haircuts, sources say.

Militants in Shiite neighbourhoods 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, labelling 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 said.

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

A leaflet distributed in the Shiite Bayaa district of east Baghdad had 24 names of youths targeted for killing.

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