Punk-rock enthusiasts got a real-life taste of the Ramones’ 1976 hit “Blitzkrieg Bop” in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Saturday night when police broke up their charity concert and arrested sixty-four fans.
The young people have not been charged with any crime but are nonetheless being detained at a state police school for “re-education,” reports Nurdin Hassan of the Jakarta Globe.
Aceh’s police chief, Gen. Iskandar Hasan, said his officers confiscated the punks’ provocative body piercings and chains, shaved off their elaborate hair-do’s, and forced them into a pool for cleansing.
The deputy mayor called the rockers a “social disease” and a threat to traditional Indonesian values.
The arrests are part of a wider crackdown on alternative lifestyles in this semi-autonomous region, Indonesia’s most conservative, which adopted Shari’a law ten years ago. They came just days before Gen. Hasan admitted that 1,000 of Aceh’s 13,000 police officers had tested positive for drugs.