(AFP) – Jul 19, 2008
MOSCOW (AFP) — Dozens of black-clad emo music fans protested Saturday in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk against plans by Russian lawmakers to ban their style from the country's schools, REN TV television reported.
The protesters, many of them with piercings, streaks of dyed hair and studs, held up placards reading: "Kill the State in Yourself," "Why Do We Have To Think The Same?" and "A Totalitarian State Encourages Stupidity."
"How can you stop people from expressing themselves, from dressing how they like, from living a way of life that doesn't harm anyone?" one woman with a long fringe and metal crosses round her neck said in the broadcast report.
Russian lawmakers last month gave broad approval to a broad "concept for the spiritual and moral education of children," including plans for curfews, bans on "emo and goth" fashions in schools and censorship of text messages.
The proposals are to be examined as draft laws over the next year.
Emo music, characterised by high emotional content and alternation between quiet and loud sounds, started in the United States in the 1980s as part of the punk movement and has gained mainstream popularity in recent years.
The music as well as the associated fashion -- tight jeans, long fringes and make-up for men -- has become popular across Russia, where there are also regular media reports that the movement encourages suicide.
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