15/02/2013

Tunisia: who serves the violence?

Opinion

Tunisia: who serves the violence?

By Kristina Kausch

Published on : www.fride.org

After last week’s targeted political assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaïd in Tunis, the Arab Spring’s so far most successful transition appears to have turned sour. Mr. Belaïd’s death was but the final spark that lit public anger over the long-standing systematic violence against opposition figures and other critics of the Nahda government committed by Salafist mobs over the past year. Most of these attacks were clearly not spontaneous outbreaks of violence, but planned attacks against specific individuals, as well as ordinary citizens who did not comply with the attackers’ ideals of lifestyle.

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