14 Dec '11, 10am

Indonesian police 'cleanse' punk-rock fans

BANDA ACEH - Police in Aceh stripped away body piercings and buzzed off spiky mohawks from 65 youths detained at a punk-rock concert because of their perceived threats to Islamic values. The teens and young men were also stripped of dog-collar necklaces and chains and then thrown in pools of water for "spiritual" cleansing, local police chief Iskandar Hasan said Wednesday. After replacing their "disgusting" clothes, he handed each a toothbrush and barked "use it." It was the latest effort by authorities to promote strict moral values in Aceh, the only province in this secular but predominantly Muslim nation of 240 million people to have imposed Islamic laws. Punk rockers have complained for months about harassment, but Saturday's roundup was by far the most dramatic. Baton-wielding police broke up the concert, scattering young music lovers, many of whom had traveled from o...

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