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Indonesian sharia police are "morally rehabilitating" more than 60 young punk rock fans in Aceh province on Sumatra island, saying the youths are tarnishing the province's image.

Since being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray.

"We feared that the Islamic sharia law implemented in this province will be tainted by their activities," Banda Aceh deputy mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, who ordered the arrests, said.

"We hope that by sending them to rehabilitation they will eventually repent."

Hundreds of Indonesian punk fans came from around the country to attend the concert, organised to raise money for orphans.

Police stormed the venue and arrested fans sporting mohawks, tattoos, tight jeans and chains, who were on Tuesday taken to a nearby town to undergo a 10-day moral rehabilitation camp run by police.

A girl cried as women in headscarves cut her long unruly hair into a short bob, and some of the men groaned as their heads were shaved.

"Why did they arrest us? They haven't given us any reason," said Fauzal, 20.

"We didn't steal anything, we weren't bothering anyone. It's our right to go to a concert."

A 22-year-old man from Medan city who did not want to be named said he feared he would lose his job for staying at the camp for 10 days.

"I've just started with a bank in Medan. I don't even know what to tell them because I don't know why I've been arrested."


Indonesian sharia police, ABC News 65 Comments [12/19/2011 12:05:51 PM]
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Brendan Rizzo

Let me just point out that Aceh is pretty much a sovereign nation within Indonesia. In order to stop a civil war the Indonesians had to practically acquiesce to letting Aceh be a theocracy. That being said, these Acehnese police are completely abominable. No respect for human rights at all.

12/19/2011 12:12:11 PM

checkmate

Michelle Bachmann must be seething with envy.

12/19/2011 12:16:31 PM

whatever

..."59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes"...

Quite right.

"Hundreds of Indonesian punk fans came from around the country to attend the concert, organised to raise money for orphans."

Ah. That puts a different spin on it. All I can say is I hope the money they managed to raise during their brief concert went towards providing care for orphans.

12/19/2011 12:35:59 PM

TGRwulf

"Hundreds of Indonesian punk fans came from around the country to attend the concert, organised to raise money for orphans."

Breaking up a concert that's raising money for orphans.

That is completely fubar.

12/19/2011 12:45:36 PM

freako104

Proof theocracies are fucking shit

12/19/2011 12:51:15 PM

OhJohnNo

So, traditional Islamic values are more important than orphans now. Gotcha.

12/19/2011 12:53:28 PM

D Laurier

Somewhere in the Q'ran, is the following passage:
"Cursed is he who denys the little child the necessitys".
I would say the Indonesian religious police qualify.

12/19/2011 1:08:00 PM

Serph-no-Okami

Breaking up a charity concert, arresting innocent people, forcing them into a rehabilitation camp, shaving their hair, but they're the ones who give you a bad name...

12/19/2011 1:16:27 PM

Old Viking

Not nice, but hardly earthshaking.

12/19/2011 1:27:54 PM

Nicole

Screwing over orphans, arresting people just for having fun... good grief, which cartoon did these asshats escape from?

12/19/2011 1:40:19 PM

Pmac_tk421

I hate theocracies. The only reason that alot of people don't hold islam on the levels of other religions with similar beliefs is that there are no large and politically active theocracies I know of.

12/19/2011 1:44:50 PM

loki

the USA comes pretty close.

12/19/2011 2:11:23 PM

Zagen30

Why do I get the feeling that this will be used as "evidence" that the US is heading down the same path due to the increase in the Muslim population? Ignoring, of course, the fact that this is a theocratic semi-state in Indonesia, not the US, and that most Muslims in the US do not, in fact, want anything like this?

12/19/2011 2:24:20 PM

Doubting Thomas

Why do I think that Christians here in the US will publicly decry this, yet privately wish they could do the same thing?

12/19/2011 2:59:16 PM

PAnz

Ah religion, an excuse to claim better morals while exorcising immoral behavior

12/19/2011 3:02:33 PM

Fawful has seen God has a vagina on top of his penis

D Laurier said it right:

"Somewhere in the Q'ran, is the following passage:
'Cursed is he who denys the little child the necessities'.
I would say the Indonesian religious police qualify. "

12/19/2011 3:08:50 PM

CG

Let 'em all be blessed by GG Allinn.

12/19/2011 3:36:04 PM

aaa

Shit like this tarnishes the image of your province far harder than a few local youths.

12/19/2011 4:24:02 PM

Phoenix

Jeez. So much for a charity concert.

12/19/2011 4:44:34 PM

ThatOtherSwede

And one of the few things that's often brought up as a good point of Islam is it's devotion to charity and care for the less fortunate (much like Jesus meant for his followers to be). Well done fucking up, Aceh police. Well done.

12/19/2011 5:11:01 PM

tranz2deep

And, yet, here in America we get people wanting to REWRITE the CONSTITUTION into extreme christian segregation, proselytation, and prejudice.

We have idiots that demand that muslims be put into internment camps.

We have fools that think that being forced not to be as bad is somehow promoting sharia law here.

Aceh is actually BREAKING sharia law in doing all these things, defying Islam, and basically using religion as a mask and a crutch for petty power grabs and intimidation of an entire populace.

I seriously think that these rightwing wingnuts (also known as "right nuts") get so rabid from professional jealousy as they want to do these things too, but we won't let them.

12/19/2011 5:11:02 PM

BlackFlag

@whatever

What the fuck is "quite right" supposed to mean? If it means what I think it means then you can go fuck yourself.

If it wasn't for the orphan portion then they would somehow deserve it? Just because they're punks? I bet you're one of those limp-wristed hipster fucks, and you would be crying your fucking eyes out all the way to the co-op if it was your ilk that had been busted.

I hope you get a fucking PBR can shoved down your throat, you ironic douchebag.


Seriously, though, people like this doucher make me question why I come back here sometimes. He's no better than the fucking fascists above.

12/19/2011 5:17:23 PM

LDM

@Doubting Thomas-

Of course they will.

12/19/2011 5:18:16 PM

BlackFlag

@whatever

What the fuck is "quite right" supposed to mean? If it means what I think it means then you can go fuck yourself.

If it wasn't for the orphan portion then they would somehow deserve it? Just because they're punks? I bet you're one of those limp-wristed hipster fucks, and you would be crying your fucking eyes out all the way to the co-op if it was your ilk that had been busted.

I hope you get a fucking PBR can shoved down your throat, you ironic douchebag.


Seriously, though, people like this doucher make me question why I come back here sometimes. He's no better than the fucking fascists above.

12/19/2011 5:31:21 PM

Berny

Remind to add Aceh to my list of "shitholes I never want to visit."
Fucking theistic fascists.

12/19/2011 6:06:50 PM
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