14 Dec '11, 6am

Indonesian syariah stronghold 'rehabilitates' punk rock fans

Indonesian syariah stronghold 'rehabilitates' punk rock fans

Police gather a group of detained Indonesian punks at a police school in Aceh Besar in Aceh province. -- PHOTO: AFP BANDA ACEH (AFP) - Indonesian syariah 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 syariah law implemented in this province will be tainted by their activities,' Banda Aceh deputy mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, who ordered the arrests, told AFP on Wednesday. 'We hope that by sending them to rehabilitation they will eventually repent.' Hundreds of Indonesian punk fans came from around the country to ...

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