Tunisia mired in state of emergency

Tunisia’s state of emergency must be extended: Sabbagh

By AFP

TUNIS (AFP) – The fragile security situation in Tunisia, where radical Islamists are blamed for a wave of violence in recent months, makes it necessary to extend the state of emergency, Defence Minister Rachid Sabbagh said on Friday.

http://www.modernghana.com/news/465583/1/tunisias-state-of-emergency-must-be-extended-sabba.html

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Jailed Salafist freed on bail

Tunisia Salafist gets bail

2013-05-22 22:10

Tunis – Ansar al-Sharia spokespeson Seifeddine Rais, detained in the Tunisian city of Kairouan at the weekend as police enforced a government ban on its annual congress, was released on bail on Wednesday, the Salafist group said.

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Tunisia-Salafist-gets-bail-20130522

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Congress ban clash in face of persecution

Tunisia Salafist leader says group cannot be defeated

TUNIS, May 20, 2013 (AFP)

The fugitive leader of Ansar al-Sharia, the radical Islamist group in Tunisia, said his supporters cannot be defeated despite their “persecution,” in a recording posted online late Sunday after bloody clashes with police.

http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2013/05/91413/tunisia-salafist-leader-says-group-cannot-be-defeated/

The Clash between the Tunisian police and the Salafists

Tunisian police clash with Salafists over banning of annual congress

Security forces and hardline Islamists fought street battles in Tunis on Sunday, with one protester killed and 15 policemen wounded, after the authorities banned the Salafists from staging their annual congress.

3:10AM BST 20 May 2013

The confrontations infuriated moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, who for the first time linked the Salafist Ansar al-Sharia group which is considered close to al-Qaeda to “terrorism”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/10067827/Tunisian-police-clash-with-Salafists-over-banning-of-annual-congress.html

Concerns of Tunisian rally under threat

Former ‘head’ of al Qaeda in Italy an ‘organizer’ of Ansar al Sharia rally