Oppression of punks in Indonesia.
I want to cry
I kind of see the metaphor behind the Save Rock & Roll album cover now.
Details about these images:
“Police shave the hair of detained Indonesian punks at a police school in Aceh Besar in Aceh province. Sharia police are “morally rehabilitating” more than 60 young punk rock fans, saying the youths tarnish the province’s staunch Islamic image. After being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh 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, an AFP correspondent on the scene said December 14.”
These images are powerful and frightening displays of fascism. But I worry, when choosing to share them, especially when not sharing them in any kind of context, if they aren’t being reduced to tragedy porn or- worse- to images of ‘look what those horrible brown people are doing to eachother’ or ‘this is religion’s fault’.
This is fascism. These are acts of power and control. That needs to be stated loudly and often.
and it is frighteningly easy to imagine that happening here. there are plenty of people who would look at those images and applaud, who would be perfectly happy to do what was done here, who probably are taking notes and thinking it’s a good idea.
imagine the things you like that “mainstream society” doesn’t consider normal or safe. imagine you are dragged out of a convention, have your head shaved, are forced into gender-conforming clothes (you get to watch as your clothes, the ones you wore to the convention, your cosplay outfits, are shredded and burned). and then you are forced to thank God and Jesus for the intervention that is “saving your soul”—at gunpoint.
PRISM is part of this. you should be angry—and afraid.