Po­lice give punks a forced hair­cut

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

DOZENS of young punk rock con­cert go­ers had their heads shaved and body pierc­ings con­fis­cated af­ter po­lice in In­done­sia said they were a threat to Is­lamic val­ues. They were also stripped of dog­col­lar neck­laces and chains and then thrown in pools of water for “spir­i­tual” cleans­ing, po­lice chief Iskan­dar Hasan said. 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 the sec­u­lar but pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim na­tion of 240 mil­lion peo­ple to have im­posed Is­lamic laws. Punk rock­ers have com­plained for months about ha­rass­ment.

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