Tunisia: Salafists cancel protests scheduled for today

15 June, 12:08

(ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 15 - The Ansar al-Sharia group and the Hizb Ettahrir party, both Salafist-inspired, have cancelled all protests that they had called in Tunisia today, following Friday afternoon prayers - the most important of the week in Islam. The protests were called against what the groups believe to have been the recent and repeated episodes of intolerance towards Islam and an affront against its customs.

The decision to cancel the protests is currently circulating on social networking sites and is linked to yesterday's statement by the country's Interior Ministry, which denied that it had authorised protests due to be held today, particularly in Tunis and close to the capital's most important mosques. The statement explained that, on the contrary, the protests were banned. Ansar al-Sharia, which in recent months has staged various demonstrations calling for Islamic law to be used as the basis for the Tunisian judiciary, and Hizb Ettahrir - a party that has not yet been authorised to carry out political and therefore remains an outlawed, albeit tolerated, group - have expressed their "respect for the supreme interest of the nation and their attention to the security of citizens and the protection of public and private property". (ANSAmed).

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