Injuries in youth culture clash

An attack on two adolescents in Glyfada by a large group of teenagers has highlighted growing tensions between «rival» groups of fashion-conscious youngsters. The attack, which occurred in central Glyfada early Sunday, resulted in minor injuries to one of the two victims and the arrest of three alleged assailants who faced a prosecutor yesterday. Meanwhile, police are seeking another 18 youngsters implicated in the attack. The two victims define themselves as «emos» – code for a tribe of youngsters who wear black clothes, dyed black hair brushed over their face, and listen to an «emotional» strain of post-punk music. The pair claim to have been surrounded by a group of «trendies» – a rival band of preppy youngsters – who demanded they hand over their money and mobile phones. The victims say they were attacked after refusing to give in to the demands. They say they were targeted for being «emos.» The «emo» trend, which appeared in other European countries several years ago, has only recently gained ground in Greece. Youngsters claiming allegiance to the clan – girls and boys alike – typically dress in black with drainpipe jeans and heavy black makeup. They tend to listen to bands playing a strain of post-punk music featuring angry and retrospective lyrics, such as Green Day and My Chemical Romance. The tendency of some emos in other countries to intentionally harm themselves – generally minor cuts using razors – does not appear to have been embraced in Greece. Nevertheless, psychologists are concerned that this type of allegiance is not a particularly healthy one for youngsters. «This is the first time such an emotionally charged youth movement has appeared in Greece,» clinical psychologist Eleni Kouloutzou told Kathimerini. «These children appear almost mournful but they have turned their anger in on themselves rather than against society – they don’t believe in anything,» she said. Apart from «emos» and «trendies,» Greece also has «kangoures» – male teenagers with a loud, brash style who drive their cars dangerously.

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