posted on Jun, 2 2009 @ 12:56 PM
Party was for sucking-blood, drinking alcohol: Authorities - Iranian police arrest 104 in "Satanist" party bust
TEHRAN (AlArabiya.net, AFP)
Iran has arrested more than 100 "Satan-worshippers" in a raid on a concert in the southern city of Shiraz where people were drinking alcohol and
"sucking blood," a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
"One hundred and four members of a Satan-worshipping group were arrested at a party and immoral concert in Shiraz (on Sunday)," local Revolutionary
Guards chief Abbas Hamidi was quoted as saying by Jam-e Jam newspaper.
"The session was held in a garden outside Shiraz and the Satanist ceremony was broadcast live to the world via the Internet," he said, adding the
arrest was made by members of the Islamist Basij militia linked to the Guards.
"These people drank alcohol, hurt themselves and sucked blood," Hamidi said. "They even bow to Satan in some ceremonies."
Iranian authorities sometimes link hard rock and heavy metal music and their icons with devil worship. Alcohol is banned in the Islamic republic.
Jam-e Jam carried pictures of drum sets and amplifiers seized in the raid and a group of young men photographed after the arrest sitting on the floor
of an official-looking building with their backs to the camera.
It said some of the detainees sported tattoos and body art resembling the wings of birds and car emblems.
Hamidi said Basij intelligence forces operating under the Revolutionary Guards had put "foreign-linked groups and their venues" under surveillance
for a year before making Sunday's arrests.
Over the past two years Iranian police and security officials have warned against the emergence of "Satanist" cults accused of corrupting the young,
amid a tough nationwide crackdown on "unIslamic" attire and behavior.
In September 2008, a senior police chief said members of the so-called cults would wear "broken-cross and skeleton necklaces and rings, drink
alcohol and dance in their ceremonies."
"They believe they should defy religions, especially Islam, do as they want and drag the world into anarchy," deputy police chief Hossein Zolfaghari
In 2007 police arrested 230 people in a raid on an illegal indie rock concert in a garden near Tehran and several reports branded the party-goers as
I think it's great to see that they have a heavy metal community even in Iran.
As a matter of fact! the heavy metal scene has been growing a lot these last years in the middle east.
There's a lot of new band's and a huge fan base of heavy metal music in many Arabian countries.
Sadly for them! they are also great threat to the 'muslims power that be', so the authorities in these countries feels threatened about these new
youth movements that they can't control and are now calling them morally corrupt!
Of course! for the muslim leaders they must be a nightmare!...but!...
Are these young headbangers in Iran soo morally corrupt? or do they need our moral support so thay can spread their music further inside of the muslim
I can see the headlines of the future: Heavy Metal is corrupting our youth, Iranian leaders blames Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica!
Poor Iranian Kidz!
IMHO! I say: Rock On! Iran!
[edit on 2-6-2009 by Chevalerous]