NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Students in the Shi’ite Muslim religious Iraqi city of Najaf said that police recently arrested and beat several of them for wearing jeans and having long hair.
“They arrested us because of our hair and because we were wearing jeans,” said student Mohammed Jasim, adding that the arrests took place two weeks ago in the city, the spiritual heart of Iraq’s newly dominant Shi’ite majority.
“They beat us in front of the people. Then they took us to their headquarters, beat us again, shaved our heads and tore our clothes."
I hope these aren’t Iraqi police that we’ve been training.