Magharebia (Washington DC)

27 February 2013

Tunisia: Tunis 'Harlem Shake' Dancers Fend Off Extremists

Egyptian youth have used the Harlem Shake dance craze to protest against the lack of changes in their government. ( Resource: Egypt Youth Protest Using Harlem Shake

Tunisian extremists tried to prevent a performance of internet dance craze "Harlem Shake" on Wednesday (February 27th), AFP reported.

When the dozen or so salafists, including women in veils and a man carrying a Molotov cocktail, showed up at the Bourguiba Language Institute in the El Khadra neighbourhood, students shouted "Get out, get out!"

The assailants were driven off after coming to blows with students.

On Monday, Education Minister Abdellatif Abid said a probe had been ordered into another Tunis "Harlem Shake" video made by students in the Menzah 6 neighbourhood. He said there could be expulsions of students or the sacking of educational staff.

In response, the ministry's website was hacked and a call went out on social media for the staging of a mass "Harlem Shake" in front of the ministry on Friday.

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