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  • "Madem" Armando Lonjano Valdez, 13, lives two hours away from the heart of Mexico City, the Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes, to skate board and hang out with other emos. In the village where he lives emos are not popular and have faced dicrimination and violence, thus he prefers the commute to be with other emos.
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  • Estefania Torres, 20, sees herself as having a hip-hop style but admits that she listens to all kinds of music and  often comes to the center of Mexico City to see bands perform live.
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  • Anna Gargiulo, 16, an emo poses for near Plaza Glorieta Insurgente in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2008.
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  • Edson, a punker, poses in Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Gustavo Osorio, 24, also known as Jezebel, a darketo (goth) hangs out in a Goth Glam club in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2008.
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  • A hip-hopper prepares a joint at the playground where he and his friends hang out in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008. Although the boys routinely smoke marijuana, they also protect the playground and ward of dealers who attempt to sell harder  drugs on their turf.
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  • A member of the breakdance crew climbs the gym bars to stay in shape at a playground in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Edwin, who hangs out at a playground near Plaza Glorieta Insurgente, juggles a soccer ball in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Two skateboarders at a playground near Plaza Glorieta in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Two emo boys play video games and two emo girls take a photo of themselves in Plaza Glorieta Insurgente in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.  The emos are have been attacked by other groups because of their upper middle class backgrounds.
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  • Classic punk wear. Black clothing, tight pants and studs. The sweatshirt reads "civil disobedience. There is no freedom without disobedience.
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  • As soon as Edson and his punk friends arrive at Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico, they are quickly approached by two police officers on June 20, 2008.  In March of 2008, there were fights between punks and emos and the police want to be sure to let the punks know they were there and stem off any potential problems.
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  • Edson, a punker, poses in Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Two emo youths kiss while hanging out with friends at the Plaza Rio de Janiero in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008. Like many adolescents, these kids experiment with alchohol, sex and drugs as a form of rebellion to a conservative Mexican society.
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  • An emo youth shows off the carving of his girlfriend's name at Plaza Rio de Janiero in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008. Self-mutilation is a common problem among emo culture and is often glorified among the culture and in the music.
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  • A group of emos hang out in Plaza Rio de Janiero in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Emo style borrows from other urban styles like punk, goth and heavy metal, but mixes skate board style shoes like Vans and can include childlike stuffed animals and these feathered costume wings.
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  • A group of urban youths hang out, socialize and skateboard in the Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 2008.
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  • A group of emos hang out and socialize in the Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 18, 2008.
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  • Francisco, a break dancer, practices his moves at a playground near the Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2008.
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  • Francisco, a break dancer, practices his moves at a playground near the Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2008.
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  • Part of the breakdance culture revolves around staying in shape, so the boys meet daily in the summer time at a playground near Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes to work out in Mexico City, Mexico.
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  • A punker, who didn't want to be named, poses in near Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • Sben, a anti-fascist punk, poses near Plaza Glorieta Insurgentes in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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  • A group of emos hang out in Plaza Rio de Janiero in Mexico City, Mexico on June 20, 2008.
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