This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Some 65 punk rock fans had their hair shaved and their piercings removed by police in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province after a raid on a punk-rock concert.
“The presence of the punk community is disturbing, and disrupts the life of the Banda Aceh public,” said deputy mayor Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, who took credit for personally supervising several anti-punk raids over the past few months.
The latest raid, however, was the largest one yet.
“This is a new social disease affecting Banda Aceh,” the deputy mayor went on to say. Among other things, she opposes their mixed-sex gatherings, which she says “is against Islamic Shariah.”
Those detained were transferred to a “reeducation” State Police camp located outside the capital. One of the detainees claimed the busted concert was put on to raise money for orphans. “He’s part of the punk community,” Illiza responded, “and whoever was caught has to go through our reeducation so they wake up.”
“What did we do to deserve arresting? We didn’t steal and we didn’t bother anyone,” said 20-year-old Acehnese punk Fuazan. “The punk community in Banda Aceh is not involved with criminality. So what’s the crime that justifies us being brought to this camp? This country hasn’t yet made it illegal to express yourself, right?”
Police plan to keep the detainees at the camp for at least 10 days. Deputy Mayor Illiza vowed more crackdowns “until they’re all caught.”
[ap / jakartapost / photo: telegraph.]