Magharebia (Washington DC)

19 November 2012

Tunisian Salafists End Hunger Strike

Some 54 Tunisian salafists in Mornaguia prison temporarily suspended their hunger strikes, TAP reported on Sunday (November 18th).

The suspects were arrested in connection with recent violence in the country, including the US embassy attack, the Abdellia Palace art show desecration, and the ransacking of Nessma TV.

On Saturday, President Moncef Marzouki called for an inquiry into the deaths of two salafist prisoners last week. Speaking at a Carthage conference organised by salafist Sheikh Bechir Ben Hassen, Marzouki noted, however, that the "state would not yield to blackmail through hunger strikes".

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