Head of Tunisian Islamist Party Ennahdha Calls for Protests in Defense of Sacred Values

News article, posted 06.24.2012, from Tunisia, in:
Head of Tunisian Islamist Party Ennahdha Calls for Protests in Defense of Sacred Values (Photo: Tunisia Live)

Summary: During a press conference in Tunis on June 13th, 2012, president of the Tunisian Islamist party Ennahdha Rached Ghannouchi called on Tunisian Muslims to go out and protest in defense of "the revolution and things considered sacred" in the wake of allegedly "blasphemous" artwork on show in a gallery in La Marsa, Tunisia. Ghannouchi was joined in his call by the ultraconservative religious figure Abu Ayoub, who is widely referred to as a Salafi figurehead. Tunisia Live noted that the presence of both Islamist Ghannouchi and Salfi Abu Ayoub raised "concerns that the two factions may clash."

As a result, Tunisia's Mosaique FM reported that a number of representatives from various political parties were in touch with Ghannouchi in an attempt to encourage him to rescind his call.