Indonesia Rounds Up Punks For ‘Re-Education’

punksIn the country’s most conservative region, authorities are rounding up young punks, removing their mohawks and piercings, and and shipping them off for military drills and manners lessons to ween them from their deviant ways. Suppose your punk rocker boyfriend/girlfriend got scooped up, sent off, and came back a square? The Guardian reports:

Police in Indonesia’s most conservative province have stripped away body piercings and shaved off mohicans from 65 youths detained at a punk-rock concert because of their perceived threat to Islamic values. After replacing their “disgusting” clothes, [a local police chief] handed each a toothbrush and barked: “Use it.”

Punk rockers have complained for months about harassment, but Saturday’s roundup at a concert attended by more than 100 people was by far the most dramatic. Dozens were loaded into vans and brought to a police detention centre in the hills, 30 miles from the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, for rehabilitation, training in military-style discipline and religious classes, including Qur’an recitation.

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  • Dunzain

    Didn’t the Qur’an say somewhere that 
    “Let there be no compulsion in religion”.

  • Dunzain

    Didn’t the Qur’an say somewhere that 
    “Let there be no compulsion in religion”.

  • Garrett Schaefer

    Fuck Islam. Fuck Christianity. Fuck Judaism. Fuck all western religions and the hate they shovel down peoples’ throats and falsely label as “faith”.

    • Sorrow Serene

      Islam is in no way western religion

  • http://twitter.com/GOB3S Garrett Schaefer

    Fuck Islam. Fuck Christianity. Fuck Judaism. Fuck all western religions and the hate they shovel down peoples’ throats and falsely label as “faith”.

  • http://twitter.com/GOB3S Garrett Schaefer

    Fuck Islam. Fuck Christianity. Fuck Judaism. Fuck all western religions and the hate they shovel down peoples’ throats and falsely label as “faith”.

  • D.D.B.

    Hey! This gives me an idea… Is there some sort of music that CEO/Banker types like?
    Just put on a show to get them all together and… Whamo- Bomb it!

    • Anarchy Pony

      I have it on good authority that they like creepy dungeon sex and S&M.

  • D.D.B.

    Hey! This gives me an idea… Is there some sort of music that CEO/Banker types like?
    Just put on a show to get them all together and… Whamo- Bomb it!

  • Hadrian999

    it always amuses me that people who believe they are backed up by some all powerful sky daddy think that the slightest little dissent will screw up their whole religion
    I don’t mean to be picking on Muslims, Christians do this as well

    • Taylorbarke

      I know right?

    • E.B. Wolf

      The thing that baffles me is, when you’re creating a subgroup of people that will now despise you forever, why would you want to instill cohesiveness and discipline in them through military drills? 
      Seems counterproductive, don’t ya think?

      • Hadrian999

        don’t ask me to explain any government tactics on anything, they usually run counter to the alleged goal

  • Hadrian999

    it always amuses me that people who believe they are backed up by some all powerful sky daddy think that the slightest little dissent will screw up their whole religion

  • Taylorbarke

    I know right?

  • Anarchy Pony

    I have it on good authority that they like creepy dungeon sex and S&M.

  • DeepCough

    You know, it’s funny, we like to think that these people aren’t at all like U.S., and yet, they act exactly like U.S.

    The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years (6/10)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20AIc6m21jg#t=1m00s

  • DeepCough

    You know, it’s funny, we like to think that these people aren’t at all like U.S., and yet, they act exactly like U.S.

    The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years (6/10)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20AIc6m21jg#t=1m00s

  • http://profiles.google.com/jplourenco João Paulo Costa Lourenço

    The Indonesia took my baby away, their took her away, away from meeeee

  • http://profiles.google.com/jplourenco João Paulo Costa Lourenço

    The Indonesia took my baby away, their took her away, away from meeeee

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Clearly they don’t understand punk, they shaved that kids hair into a Mohawk.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Clearly they don’t understand punk, they shaved that kids hair into a Mohawk.

  • Brian Flowers

    You can spoon my eyes out,

    but I can still see through you!

    Slice my ears from my head,

    but you can not shut out the sounds of truth!

    Lock off each sound at the wrist

    so I can’t raise my fist!

    you can kill the protestor,

    you can’t kill the protest!

    you can murder the rebel,

    you can’t murder the rebellion!
     - Anti-flag – You can kill the protester, but you can’t kill the protest

  • Brian Flowers

    You can spoon my eyes out,

    but I can still see through you!

    Slice my ears from my head,

    but you can not shut out the sounds of truth!

    Lock off each sound at the wrist

    so I can’t raise my fist!

    you can kill the protestor,

    you can’t kill the protest!

    you can murder the rebel,

    you can’t murder the rebellion!
     - Anti-flag – You can kill the protester, but you can’t kill the protest

  • FreakpowerULTD.

    They probably just created some life long anti-authoritarian punks.

    • Jin The Ninja

      Indonesia and Malaysia have quite active punk and indie rock scenes. Only small groups of student anarchists, but a historical tradition of resistance to military.foreign.corrupt rule. Perhaps they will spread the message.

  • FreakpowerULTD.

    They probably just created some life long anti-authoritarian punks.

  • FreakpowerULTD.

    They probably just created some life long anti-authoritarian punks.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    Kid on the right’s shirt: “If you’re not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist”?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Damn punks wanting to exist.

  • Anonymous

    Kid on the right’s shirt: “If you’re not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist”?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Damn punks wanting to exist.

  • a punk

    oh no, people with no hair on the sides of their heads??? they’re gonna screw up our country! XD
    ahhh, what a stupid decision on the police’s part. punks are just regular people, the only time these kids would  be any sort of threat to anything is if people try to… hmm… force ‘em to look or act a certain way?

  • a punk

    oh no, people with no hair on the sides of their heads??? they’re gonna screw up our country! XD
    ahhh, what a stupid decision on the police’s part. punks are just regular people, the only time these kids would  be any sort of threat to anything is if people try to… hmm… force ‘em to look or act a certain way?

  • E.B. Wolf

    The thing that baffles me is, when you’re creating a subgroup of people that will now despise you forever, why would you want to instill cohesiveness and discipline in them through military drills? 
    Seems counterproductive, don’t ya think?

  • E.B. Wolf

    The thing that baffles me is, when you’re creating a subgroup of people that will now despise you forever, why would you want to instill cohesiveness and discipline in them through military drills? 
    Seems counterproductive, don’t ya think?

  • Hadrian999

    don’t ask me to explain any government tactics on anything, they usually run counter to the alleged goal

  • Sorrow Serene

    Islam is in no way western religion

  • Sorrow Serene

    Islam is in no way western religion

  • Jin (仁)

    Indonesia and Malaysia have quite active punk and indie rock scenes. Only small groups of student anarchists, but a historical tradition of resistance to military.foreign.corrupt rule. Perhaps they will spread the message.

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