13 January 2013

Tunisia: Presidency of Republic Strongly Condemns Arson of 'Sidi Bou Said' Mausoleum and Promises to Restore It

Tunis — The Presidency of the Republic strongly condemned on the arson, late on Saturday evening, of Sidi Bou Said mausoleum, a national cultural and religious building, and promised to restore it.

The Presidency also urged security services to make the necessary efforts "to arrest the criminals" and give proof of vigilance to protect this mausoleum and all the other monuments.

"Those who committed this crime are trying to disrupt peacefulness in Sidi Bou Said village, to provoke its residents and undermine the country's culture in its historical dimension," reads a Presidency communiqué.

"These acts should not go unpunished" the Presidency said, adding that an end must be put to these criminal acts that targeted on many occasions mausoleums and other religious sites in the country.

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