Indonesia Cops Shave Mohawks Off Punk Fans

Police raid concert, inflict unusual punishment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 3:19 PM CST
Plain-clothed police officers shave the heads of youths in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Police in a conservative part of Indonesia raided a punk-rock concert and inflicted a bizarre punishment on the young attendees: They shaved off their mohawks. Cops detained more than 60 youths, shaved them, took their piercings, and threw them in pools of water to cleanse them spiritually, reports AP. The detainees also have to attend 10 days in what amounts to a morality boot camp run by police.

  • Police chief in Aceh: "We're not torturing anyone. We're not violating human rights. We're just trying to put them back on the right moral path."
  • Arrested youth: "Why? Why my hair?!"
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