14 Iraqi Youths Killed for Wearing Emo Clothes
Shiite militants promise more will die unless they change
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Iraqi women a poster of Muqtada al-Sadr. He thinks emo youths are a "plague" on society but says they should be dealt with only by legal means.   (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

(Newser) – 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.

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Mar 11, 2012 6:48 AM CDT
WESTERN free governments are unaware that the freedoms they push for in Muslim countries, are an abomination to religious Muslims. -- Muhammad stated in the Koran, that Christian and Jewish religions had been corrupted, and therefore not believable. -- The Christian and Jewish religions have changed their religions, to include Gay and lesbians, and even perform Gay and lesbian marriages. -- Western cultures and dress styles are also an abomination to Muslims, and now that they are not ruled by foreign colonial governments, they are taking back their Muslim heritage. -- So be-aware if you go to a Muslim country, observe their particular customs. -- Your freedoms, and their freedoms, are different in interpretation. -- LOGIC -- If you insult Muslims in Muslim countries, be prepared for assaults on you, in those Muslim countries. --------- REALLY
Mar 10, 2012 8:23 PM CST
As a gothic teenager, I find this article especially disturbing. Tolerance of goths and emos should be practiced by all religions, after all it they are peaceful subcultures.
Mar 10, 2012 5:30 PM CST
tough being a misunderstood teen.