At least 14 youths in Baghdad have been stoned or beaten to death in the past month for the crime of dressing like teenagers, reports Reuters. Specifically, they favored emo-syle black clothes and haircuts, which the nation's interior ministry branded as "Satanism" just before the killings began. Apparently, Shiite militias have begun policing the edict. What's more, Reuters has seen leaflets distributed warning specific teens to "get back to sanity" or they'd be killed, too.
"Last week I signed the death certificates of three of those young people, and the reason for death I wrote in my own hand was severe skull fractures," says one doctor.