aceh punk rockerJoe Strummer, lead vocalist of the British punk rock band The Clash, is rolling over in his grave over recent events in Aceh Indonesia.

Last week police rounded up 65 youths during a punk rock concert and brought them to a detention center for “reeducation.” Their crime? Being punk rockers. Not only were these youths held for 10 days, but their spiky Mohawk hairstyles were shaved off. But why all the hate towards these youths? That’s an interesting story.

Back in 2004, Aceh was one of the hardest hit areas in the tsunami. Thousands perished and the region was all but leveled. While most rational people understand that the tsunami was caused by an earthquake underneath the ocean, the Muslims of Aceh have another theory. Many believe that the tsunami was punishment for insufficient piety! And as such there has been a steady increase in Sharia Law.

As for punk music, Sharia don’t like it! The chairman of the Aceh Association for Imams, Tarmizi Rasyid, also suggested that the detention period for the punks who had been arrested should be extended from 10 days to three months.

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