Tunisia bars Ansar al-Sharia Salafist meeting in Kairouan

Major Tuna-Salad expected in Kairouan May 19 2013

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Ansar al-Sharia spokesman Seifeddine Rais. 16 May 2013 Ansar al-Sharia spokesman Seifeddine Rais vowed to defy any ban on holding the congress

Tunisian rebirth

Tunisia has banned the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia from holding a meeting in the city of Kairouan.

The government said the group had “shown distain for state institutions” and was “a threat to public security”.

The Salafist group has already vowed to go ahead with the gathering and warned that the government would be responsible for any violence.

Tunisia has seen numerous clashes between the authorities and hardline Islamists since the uprising in 2011.

“The Interior Ministry has decided to ban the gathering of Ansar al-Sharia, which has shown distain for state institutions, incited violence against them and poses a threat to public security,” a statement said.

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11 Replies to “Tunisia bars Ansar al-Sharia Salafist meeting in Kairouan”

  1. Guys please help!! i know you are in contact with Don Laird. I have lost his e-mail address and I want to contact him. Can you help? Don is a major contributor to the Infidel Task Force.

  2. The government will be responsible for any violence? President Marzouki should accept that challenge. No prisoners.

  3. Tunisian police clash with Islamists in Tunis, Kairouan

    Tunisian police have clashed with radical Islamists in a Tunis neighborhood, after Salafist movement Ansar al-Sharia told its followers to gather for its annual congress. The move defied a government ban.

    Hundreds of Salafists erected barricades in the streets of Ettadhamen, a poor neighborhood on the western edge of Tunis on Sunday. The crowd threw rocks at police, who fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.

    The AFP news agency has reported that 11 police and three protestors have been injured.

    The area saw clashes last week between the Salafists and Tunisian security forces, as they moved to stop the extremists setting up tents from which to preach and disseminate their ideas.

    Clashes also took place in Kairouan, the historic religious city south of Tunis, where the annual congress had been due to take place before it was banned on security grounds. Security forces were deployed en masse to prevent Salafists defying the ban.

    Facebook used to rally protestors

    The hard-line Islamist group used its official Facebook page to call members to protest in Ettadhamen, a Salafist stronghold. The announcement came after security forces set up checkpoints in and around Kairouan to prevent the congress taking place.

    http://www.dw.de/tunisian-police-clash-with-islamists-in-tunis-kairouan/a-16824106

  4. In a separate development in Kairouan on Sunday, the interior ministry said a woman had been arrested for placing a feminist banner on the wall of a mosque and trying to expose her breasts.

    The activist, named Amina, had sparked controversy in recent months by publishing nude images on Facebook and writing on her chest: “My body belongs to me and not the honor of others”.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/19/us-tunisia-islamists-idUSBRE94I04K20130519

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