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",
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
Religious extremists caught onto the interior ministry statement, and
have been harassing and killing teenagers with "strange" or "emo"
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.
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