(Image Source: Al Arabiya)

BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS

Ninety students killed by stones in Baghdad in the last month. Their crime? It’s all about their haircuts and the way they dress. The UK’s Daily Mail explains.

“Iraq's Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the 'emo phenomenon' among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to 'eliminate' the trend. The move is part of a wider clampdown on young people taking on what government officials call 'Western appearances' in Iraq.”

Europe’s Pink News explains — there’s been some build-up to these attacks.

“Moral panic has been stirred up by militias about emo youth for the last year, alleging they are adulterers, Satanists, vampires and sexually depraved.”

Al Arabiya reports — reactions to the attacks are mixed. The publication cites a long list of Iraqi religious leaders’ responses including...

“‘Emos’ are ‘fools’ and ‘experts must finish them...‘Emo’ youth is an act of ‘terrorism’ and a ‘bad phenomenon for the peaceful co-existence project...’ [and] ‘The killing of ‘Emo’ teenagers in the country was exaggerated and fabricated.”

Some now speculate the attacks could lead to a bigger problem. Irish men’s website Joe cites an account from an Arabic publication.

“Another Middle East news outlet, Sumaria News, is ... reporting... they have also received reports of ‘mysterious’ suicides from similarly attired teens that had occurred in other Iraqi provinces.”

And while the number of speculated deaths rise, Reuters reports only 14 bodies have been brought to hospitals with signs of abuse.
 

90 Iraqi Students Allegedly Killed for 'Emo' Lifestyle

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Mar 11, 2012

90 Iraqi Students Allegedly Killed for 'Emo' Lifestyle

 

(Image Source: Al Arabiya)

BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS

Ninety students killed by stones in Baghdad in the last month. Their crime? It’s all about their haircuts and the way they dress. The UK’s Daily Mail explains.

“Iraq's Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the 'emo phenomenon' among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to 'eliminate' the trend. The move is part of a wider clampdown on young people taking on what government officials call 'Western appearances' in Iraq.”

Europe’s Pink News explains — there’s been some build-up to these attacks.

“Moral panic has been stirred up by militias about emo youth for the last year, alleging they are adulterers, Satanists, vampires and sexually depraved.”

Al Arabiya reports — reactions to the attacks are mixed. The publication cites a long list of Iraqi religious leaders’ responses including...

“‘Emos’ are ‘fools’ and ‘experts must finish them...‘Emo’ youth is an act of ‘terrorism’ and a ‘bad phenomenon for the peaceful co-existence project...’ [and] ‘The killing of ‘Emo’ teenagers in the country was exaggerated and fabricated.”

Some now speculate the attacks could lead to a bigger problem. Irish men’s website Joe cites an account from an Arabic publication.

“Another Middle East news outlet, Sumaria News, is ... reporting... they have also received reports of ‘mysterious’ suicides from similarly attired teens that had occurred in other Iraqi provinces.”

And while the number of speculated deaths rise, Reuters reports only 14 bodies have been brought to hospitals with signs of abuse.
 

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