Major Tuna-Salad expected in Kairouan May 19 2013
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.