10 February 2013

Tunisia: 'Ahmed Najeb El-Shabi' Is Assaulted and Threatens to Dig to Get the Body of 'Belaid' Out

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the escalation of the systematic violence against the Tunisian opposition, which didn't stop on the limits of the assassination of the opposition leader "Shokri Belaid" but it continued to include the assault on "Ahmed Najeb El-Shabi" the opposition leader, while he is back from the funeral of the Belaid.

Some persons who are counted on the Salfists, on Friday 8, 2013, invaded "El-Shabi" car, the head of the political panel of the republican party, in Laconia in the Tunisian capital while his back from the funeral "Belaid" and swore at him by the ugliest curses in attempt to open his car and invade it by force, as they threw stones on him when their attempts fail to reach him.

It is worthy to be noted, that he is among the names that were included in the video spread lately, to one who are counted on the Salfist, which issued Fatawa to allow killing the blood "Blaid and El-Shabi".

In a related context, "Abdelmeeged Beliad" the brother of the late leader "Belaid" that threatens him from beard men to dig the grave and get his body out, as they have mentioned "as they buried him, we shall get him out".

The violence wave that started these days in Tunisia since the assassination of "Belaid" on the morning of Wednesday February 6, 2013, the general secretary of the unified democratic national coalition as he was shot in front of his house by two bullets in the head.

Due to the protest marches which broke out during the transfer of the body of "Belaid" to the hospital, which started from the street of Mohamed IV to its way to "El-Habib Boureqaba" street, the police forces fired heavy tear gas bombs which resulted in several injuries among the attended the funeral.

ANHRI said that "the escalation of the violence in the country against the opposition leaders won't led to stability, unless the current government take the definite and urgent steps to contain the situation and ease the street".

ANHRI said that "Alnnahdah government, if it desires to continue its work and achieve its programs, must support the political tolerance in the country and reject the hatred speech which spread between the opposition. The video that is spread online, in which a group of salifists threatened "Belaid and El-Shabi" to kill them, proves that.

ANHRI demands an immediate investigation to reach who spoke in the video spread on online as it is clear that they have executed their threats. ANHRI also demands to the necessity to secure the opposition that lives in danger and to bring the involved persons in spreading the hatred and violence speech to courts and held them accountable.

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