In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 photo, Indonesian punk rock fans, their head shaved clean, get off a truck as a drill instructor watch before a prayer during their ‘rehabilitation program’ at a police school where they are detained in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia.
Mohawks buzzed and noses free of piercings, dozens of youths march in military-style for hours beneath Indonesia’s tropical sun — part of efforts by authorities to restore moral values and bring the “deviants” back into the mainstream.
But the young men and women have shown no signs of bending.
When commanders turn their backs, the shouts ring out: “Punk will never die!” Fists are thrown in the air and peace signs flashed. A few have managed briefly to escape, heads held high as they are dragged back.
Sixty-five young punk rockers arrived at this police detention center last week after baton-weiling police crashed a concert in Aceh — the only province in this predominantly Muslim nation of 240 million to have imposed Islamic laws.
They will be released Friday, after having completed 10 days of “rehabilitation,” from classes on good behavior and religion to military-style drills aimed at instilling discipline.
Nineteen-year-old Yudi, who goes by only one name, says it’s not working.
He tried unsuccessfully to shake off police when they took an electric razer to his spiky mohawk. At the sight of his hair scattered in the grass, he recalls, tears rolled down his face.
“It was torture to me.”
“I can’t wait to get out of here,” he added. “They can’t change me. I love punk. I don’t feel guilty about my lifestyle. Why should I? There’s nothing wrong with it.”
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