Friday, March 09, 2012

Over 100 'emo' Iraqi teenagers reported killed

My sources in Baghdad say up to a hundred teenagers have been murdered in different parts of the city and some have been reported kidnapped. More information here:
[M]ilitias had warned emo youth and LGBT people that they would kill them a month ago. Posters containing the threats were put in cafés and on street corners in Baghdad.

In Baghdad local media reported massacres of emo youth and LGBT people occurring in the districts of Sadr, Chaala, Albaladiat, Baghdad Al-Jadedah, Karadah and Kadhymia. The number of victims claimed ranges from 56 to 100.

An Iraqi LGBTQ activist reported to GME an eyewitness account about a method used to murder victims by hitting their heads and body parts with concrete blocks repeatedly until death.

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.

This blog has some detailed background information on the killings and many related links.

The Ministry of Interior's press release on the murders is surreal (translation from link above):
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.

This is a story from 2010 about an 'emo' girl in Najaf.


♥hind♥ said...

Thank you for your information on this topic. There must be people giving them names and places where to find emo-youth. Thats insane.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

I have a theory that the level of violence being used has a direct corrolation with the insecurity the perpetrator feels in his/her own sexuality.

A very sad and disheartening turn of events, Zeyad.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

      "…a direct corrolation with the insecurity the
      perpetrator feels in his/her own sexuality.

The ‘emos’ aren't necessarily gay.  I'm not certain that's clear to the Iraqi inflicting the violence, but probably it is.  The emos are, however, rejecting traditional Arab cultural norms.  They have that in common with the gays. 
I think the insecurity is cultural as much as, or more than, sexual.  The more traditionalist Arabs are insecure about the continuation of their cultural norms.  As well they should be.

Petes said...

It's not a cultural norm to smash people around the head with concrete blocks. These people know full well what they are doing is wrong -- nobody can abdicate responsibility to that extent. So I wouldn't go out of my way looking for explanations -- they are evil f*ckers, pure and simple.

Petes said...

I had to look up what "emo" meant. Seems like one of the many forms of expression of teenage angst. All the less excuse for a society that doesn't protect its vulnerable young people.

I'm sure if An Italian was around he'd be going on about "bearded reactionary cavemen" ... and it would be hard to argue :-(

Bridget said...

This one was on Drudge:

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    said...

      "These people know full well what they are doing
      is wrong-…-they are evil f*ckers, pure and simple.

      "Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep
      this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your
      friend.  If not, you can kill him without hate — and
      R.A. Heinlein ― Time Enough for Love

Bridget said...

It seems to me that these kids have fashioned their own countercultural rebellion, as young people the world over often do. It is their great misfortune to be doing so in a country in which the repressive and paranoid elements of the population have so much strength.

Bridget said...

Violence against emo youth has apparently occurred in Mexico also...,8599,1725839,00.html

I never even heard of "emo" before.

Bridget said...

Egypt as well:

Bridget said...

That article about Egyptian emos was written before Mubarak seems full of portent in retrospect.

Petes said...

"Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly."
R.A. Heinlein — Time Enough for Love

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Shakespeare — Hamlet

Petes said...

I see al-Sistani doesn't approve. So at least this isn't the official policy of the bearded reactionary cavemen. Nor would I expect it to be. I would rather think that the senior torturers and kidnappers who make their living out of Iraq's misery have a bunch of idiot underlings who are kept on message by constant indoctrination about new "enemies" such as these unfortunate emos.

Petes said...

On a lighter note, where's Canadian John when you need him to give you the inside track on Toronto's coming housing crash. Seems to me like it's got all the elements of our own meltdown -- low interest rates and profligate lending, insane optimism, houses going for 50% above asking, average 3-bed bungalows for well over a million dollars (this particular one to a Chinese student; meanwhile over on the west coast, the Chinese continue to buy Vancouver apartments from helicopters).

Petes said...

I see Brent crude at $125 and WTI heading for $110 today. If that continues, it pretty much puts us above the heights of 2008.

You often see the 2008 high point of $147 cited, but oil only passed $100/bbl for the first time in January 2008 and the average for 2008 was lower than current prices. So we are definitely back there.

Prices at the pump seem even more out of whack. Here in Ireland they are about 25% higher than their highest point in 2008. My super-economical diesel already costs the equivalent of well over $100 to fill up. Norway looks likely to be the first country where petrol exceeds €2/litre (about $11.50/US gal).

jkajy said...

This is a very intense subject and personally i think it has nothing to do with bieng emo or white or christian. I believe this is an example of the lack of security in Iraq today. America has continue to say and believe that we are making iraq safer and the more i read about articles like this the more upset it makes me. In america, we have breaking news stories about bullying, and fighting, and its sad to think how it would be if it were killing for no reason like it is today in iraq. I pray for peace and god bless Iraq!

Anonymous said...

This shit wouldn't happen if Saddam were still around!

Fucking islam-O-fascists!