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In Iraq, Radical Muslim Militias Hunt Down And Kill Gays And Punks

More than 750 gays, punks and "emo" youths have been killed over the past six years by radical Shi'ite militias hunting down "deviants" to torture and execute. There is no justice for these killings, which are

Poster for recent rally in Iraq (Gays without Borders)
Poster for recent rally in Iraq (Gays without Borders)
Karlos Zurutuza

BAGHDAD – "They smashed his head with concrete blocks. His name was Saïf Asmar, he was one of my best friends. Tomorrow it could be my turn..."

Holding a photo of Saïf, hardly recognizable after his brutal assassination, Roby* attempts to control both his fear and his anger. Death squads have been targeting gays and youngsters who follow punk or ‘emo" fashion since the start of the year. However, Roby doesn't hesitate to point out the upsurge in the number of attacks since Feb. 6 2012, which, according to official reports, has produced 80 further victims. "That day they killed Ahmad Arusa in Sadr City and four others in Geyara – two working class Shi'ite areas to the east of Bagdad."

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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