Anti-Emo Riots Break Out Across Mexico

The Underwire blog on Wired.com has run a pretty insane story about the Anti-Emo Riots that are apparently spreadinga cross Mexico. Here’s a little bit of what they have to say

Music-based subcultures have permeated Mexico’s major cities for decades, fueled by constant migration from rural cities. But only in the past year have emos begun to make their presence felt in the streets. In response, many of the established so-called tribus urbanas like punks and metalheads are responding with violence. The emo-punk battles are reminiscent of earlier subculture fights among various factions, like the Hell’s Angels fighting hippies at the Altamont Music Festival or the Mods taking on the Rockers.

It’s a pretty terrifying thing for most of these kids, being the targets of such violence. Especially, as the blog notes, that so much of it comes from a hidden homophobia. The emo look has apparently been associated with homosexuality, and as such the more ‘macho’ groups out there are taking issue with them.

The blog also links to a video regarding one of the protests the Emo kids are organizing. They’ve attempted to find strength in numbers to try and protest these riots and to try and get the police to acknowledge the situation. It’s a spanish newscast, but at least you can get a sense of the situation.

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