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
14 Iraqi Youths Killed for Wearing Emo Clothes
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)

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. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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