A curfew has been introduced in Tunis from 9:00 P.M to 5:00 A.M and seven other regions after a wave of violence that saw more than 100 people lose their lives
This decision was made by Tunisian Prime Minister Hamad Jebali shortly after a sudden outbreak of violence during which the Salafists and youth clashed with security personnel. The clash left 100 people dead and 65 injured which included policemen as well.
“We have entered a phase in which we could see similar incidents occur,” announced Interior Minister Ali Larayedh. “We expect this to continue in the coming days.”
The situation was considered all the more worrying as it corresponded with the recent broadcast message of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri who encouraged Tunisians to demand sharia.
Another message by a Salafist leader Abu Ayyub further added more fuel to the fire when he asked Tunisians to rise against the “Pseudo-Islamism” politics of the in power Islamist party Ennahda.
Back in October 2011, the same leader’s men attacked local television channel Nessma TV.