Mexico: Emo fans under attack

2 April 2008
“Kill the emos,” shouted assailants in Mexico’s central city of Queretaro who had organised an attack on a trio of skinny long-haired teenage fans of the rock music style called emo, reported AFP.

After police eventually steamed in and made arrests, the bloody victims lay sobbing on the concrete waiting for ambulances while the mob ran through the nearby streets laughing and cheering.

Mexico is known to be an ’emo stronghold’ — one estimate says there are more than 10,000 emo fans in the capital Mexico City alone. They are being pounced upon, and the ugly scene, which was aired on Mexican tv news bulletins is part of a new wave of violence against this new ‘urban tribe’ — the emo subculture.

According to the news agency AFP, the attackers, catalogued as ‘anti-emos’, include people from other ‘urban tribes’ such as punks, heavy metal fans and cholos, but many are just ordinary working-class teenagers and young men.

Homophobic issue
“At the core of this is the homophobic issue,” Victor Mendoza, a youth worker in Mexico City, told AFP: “This is not a battle between music styles at all. It is the conservative side of Mexican society fighting against something different.”

“The danger is that hate is permeating more and more into Mexican society,” wrote commentator Hugo Garcia in the Mexican daily Milenio: “We should not forget that intolerant violence leads to fascism.”

However, many of the perpetrators appeared unrepentant, posting cell phone videos of the violence on the Internet alongside celebratory messages. “Hey emos. If you are so depressed then kill yourselves,” it said alongside one video. “Queretaro is better without emos.”



Time / AFP – 27 March 2008:

‘Mexico’s Emo-Bashing Problem’


BBC News report about the anti-emo attacks – video on YouTube


MTV report about anti-emo attacks – video on YouTube


Mexican news footage of the attacks – video on YouTube


A snapshot of the emo scene in Mexico – video on YouTube


Anti-Emo Mexico Riots – video on YouTube

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