Democracy and freedom on the streets of “Arab Spring” Tunisia.
“Armed Islamists on Tunis streets after clashes,” from AFP, October 31 (thanks to 538):
TUNIS “” Dozens of Islamists, some armed with knives, took to the streets of Tunis on Wednesday after deadly clashes overnight, but there was no sign of additional security despite authorities saying there was.
An AFP reporter said a crowd was gathered near the Ennour mosque in the suburb of Manouba, where the interior ministry said a Salafist militant was killed in Tuesday night’s clashes.
The government said earlier that police and soldiers had deployed heavily and would use all means to quell any unrest following the clashes sparked by the arrest of a Salafist suspected of assaulting a security official.
But no such forces were visible on the ground, and Islamist militants said they were ready for more confrontations….
Late on Tuesday, militants attacked two national guard posts in Manouba after police arrested a Salafist suspected of assaulting the head of the area’s public security brigade, the interior ministry said.
The attacks were carried out by “a large number of people with radical religious tendencies,” ministry spokesman Khaled Tarrouche said….
Since the Tunisian revolution that ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, radical Islamists have carried out a number of attacks, particularly against security forces and cultural events.
The opposition accuses the government, led by Islamist party Ennahda, of failing to rein in the violence by the Salafists, a hardline branch of Sunni Islam….