18 August 2012

Tunisia: Emergency Security Meeting in Bizerte Held After Attacking Festival of 'Supporting Al Aqsa' By Salafists

Bizerte — At the end of an emergency security meeting held, on Friday in the headquarters of the governorate of Bizerte, a decision was made to conduct an investigation into the acts of violence made by Salafists last night during the closing ceremony of festival "Supporting Al Aqsa" at the Bizerte Youth Centre.

The attack took place following the invitation of Samir Kuntar, Lebanese longest-serving prisoners in the Israeli jails, to attend this event. The information office of the governorate told TAP news agency regional correspondent that warrants and committal orders were issued against the persons involved in the violent attack.

The same sources add that austerity measures will be taken to face up any infringement of the law and against all those who attack the liberties and undermine public order. The Interior Ministry said, in a communiqué released on Thursday, that four Salafists involved in this assault were arrested.

According to security, administrative and association sources, an extremist Salafist group hindered the course of the festival closing ceremony which was attended by Samir Kuntar who is accused of supporting Bashar Al Assad's regime.

While clashing with the festival organisers, Salafists had used knives injuring people who were taken to the Habib Bougatfa regional hospital in Bizerte.

Political parties and associations defending human rights condemned these repeated assaults which threaten public order in the region.

Over the last few days, some Salafists have been involved in similar trouble-making in Sejnane and Menzel Bourguiba preventing artist Lotfi Abdelli from performing on stage.

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