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Hard-line Indonesian police shave punks’ Mohawks

Police officers shave the heads of punks after they were arrested in a raid against a punker’s community in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Dec. 14 last year.

Photo: EPA

Police in Indonesia’s most conservative province recently raided a punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived threat to Islamic values.

Dog-collar necklaces and chains were also taken from the youths before they were thrown in pools of water for “spiritual” cleansing, local police chief Iskandar Hasan said.

The crackdown marked 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 to have imposed Islamic laws.

Here, adultery is punishable by stoning to death. Homosexuals have been thrown in jail or lashed in public with rattan canes. Women are forced to wear headscarves and told, please, no tight pants. It is not clear why police decided to hone in on punks.

Though pierced and tattooed teens have complained for months about harassment, the recent roundup at a concert attended by more than 100 people was by far the biggest and most dramatic bust yet.









1. mohawk n.

雞冠狀髮型 (ji1 guan1 zhuang4 fa3 xing2)

例: Mohawks have entered mainstream fashion.


2. perceived adj.

意識到的;自覺的 (yi4 shi4 dao4 de5; zi4 jue2 de5)

例: It was a perceived threat.


3. hone in v. phr.

鎖定 (suo3 ding4)

例: The lawyer honed in on the gist of the plaintiff’s testimony.


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