Over the weekend, Al Sumaria News TV reported that cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr declared the emos are “fools” and “experts must finish them.” The Al Akhbar newspaper, based in Egypt, claims that the Iraqi interior ministry gave permission to religious or moral police to go after emo youth. The Shiite militia has announced, "We warn in the strongest terms to every male and female debauchee; if you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahedeen." Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite cleric, called the emos “Crazy fools; a lesion on the Muslim community.” While stopping short of condoning the violence, he calls upon his followers to end the rise of the emos in a legal way.
One Kurdish lawmaker, Khalid Shwani, referred to the targeting as “A growing intolerance of Iraqis' civil rights.” Shwani has said, “Those people are free to choose what they wear, or to believe in, or how they choose their clothes or the way they think."
It is estimated that in the past five or six years about 750 gay Iraqis have been killed in this way; about 40 in recent weeks, in what is now a growing anti-emo movement.