More than 90 Iraqi students have been stoned to death for their Emo haircuts by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an interior ministry statement dubbed it devil worshipping.
Iraq’s Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry’s website condemning the ’emo phenomenon’ among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to ‘eliminate’ the trend.
‘The Emo phenomenon or devil worshipping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,’ the statement read.
Posters containing the threats were put in cafés and on street corners in Baghdad.
An Iraqi LGBTQ activist reported to GME an eyewitness account about a method used to murder the victims : ”
'First they throw concrete blocks at the boy's arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again,' one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.
These MEN all belonged to Radical Religious Groups of IRAQ.
Another method, reported by Iraqi media, involves pushing off the tops of high buildings.
In addition five survivors were murdered inside hospitals according to a confidential witness, cited in the activist’s report. According to the same LGBTQ activist, at least 45 victims had been killed (mostly gay men in Baghdad only) according to family members and medical staff in some hospitals.
Local Iraqi media announced the total number of victims who were killed until the 7 March reached around 90 people.
The Ministry of Interior’s press release on the murders is surreal (translation):
Colonel Mushtaq Talib Mohammadawi said: “The EMO phenomenon was discovered by members of the Directorate in the capital, Baghdad. They have studied it, prepared reports and research, and gone to the Ministry of the Interior to obtain approval to follow up this case and determine how to eliminate them.”
He added that the Ministry of the Interior recognized the importance of this, and a priority was obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Education specifically for the preparation of an integrated plan that would let them enter all he schools in the capital.
The ministry even warned journalists and activists from ‘politicizing’ the killings and has accused them of ‘sensationalism’ in their reporting.
And then they SAY “we are a PEACE LOVING people” ….