Government blames riots on ultra-conservative Islamists
After serious rioting, which the government has blamed on a branch of ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists, Tunisia has taken the step of imposing an eight-hour night-time curfew in the capital Tunis and a number of other regions. Violent protests have resulted in damage to police stations, a court and an art gallery where a number of paintings have been declared “blasphemous”. However, the Salafists deny their involvement in the riots.
“A State of Emergency exists and a curfew has been imposed in the Greater Tunis area, including in the suburbs of Ben Arous, Ariana and Manouba, and the towns of Sousse, Monastir, Jendouba and Ben Guerdane,” the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office writes. “The curfew hours are 2100 to 0500. Additional curfews or other temporary movement restrictions may be imposed or changed with little or no notice. You should observe instructions given by local security authorities and/or your tour operator and are advised to carry a copy of your passport, or other form of photo ID, at all times as proof of nationality and identity.”