Monday, March 12, 2012

Iraq religious militias target 'emo' youths

Religious militias in Iraq have singled out a new target, killing scores of young men dressed in "emo" fashions, according to human rights groups.

The Telegraph

"The groups say militant Shia have been encouraged in the wave of attacks by the interior ministry, following a long-standing campaign of gay-bashing. A statement on its website claimed emos were "devil-worshippers".

Gangs of youths have devised a particularly brutal method of killing those they regard as "emos", in the West a term for youths who wear black and adopt a moody appearance but used in Iraq to describe anyone with "floppy hair" and dressed fashionably.

The method, known popularly as the "double block", involves abducting the youths and smashing their heads between two lumps of concrete. Activists say up to 90 people, all but two of them men, have been killed in this method or by shooting or beating this year accused of being either homosexual or "emo"......

Gruesome pictures have appeared on Facebook and other social networking sites, apparently as a warning. One group, calling itself the "Brigade of Anger" last week issued a hit list of 33 young people it said would be next.

Mr al-Sadr issued a statement calling emos a "lesion" on society but called for them to be dealt with "within the law". "

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