Tunisian Islamists attack TV station over film ‘Persepolis’

Tunisian police have arrested dozens of Islamists for an attempted attack on a TV station which had showed the award-winning film Persepolis. Officials said the activists had tried to set Nessma TV station alight after it broadcast the animation, which they deem to be blasphemous.

Police clashed with other Islamists who want a ban on women wearing the niqab at university lifted, reports say.

The protests come ahead of elections for a constitutional assembly.

The poll, in two weeks’ time, will be the first vote in Tunisia since long-time President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in an uprising in January.


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