Salafists in Tunisia trying to make that Country a Conservative Religious State like Iran

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 29th, 2012

Week in Review

More and more the Arab Spring appears to be ushering in a new conservative religious rule.  Even at ground zero of the Arab Spring.  Tunisia.  One of the most liberal states in the Middle East.  Until the Arab Spring, that is (see Thousands of Tunisians protest conservative Islam by Agence France-Presse posted 1/28/2012 on The Vancouver Sun).

Thousands of Tunisians angered by the increasing prominence of ultra-conservative Islamists in a country only recently freed from dictatorial rule took to the streets in protest Saturday…

Some in Tunisia are angry by the growing influence of radical Islamists, known as Salafists, who have dominated headlines in recent weeks.

Police on Tuesday ended a weeks-long sit-in by Salafists at the university in Manouba, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Tunis. The Salafists were angry the university had banned the full-face Muslim veil, or niqab, over security concerns if students were concealed from head to toe.

Journalists have also suffered attacks at Salafist protests…

Tunisia was the first country in the Arab world to initiate mass protests against its autocratic leadership, triggering a wave of protests across the region last year in what became known as the Arab Spring uprisings that led to the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.

The Salafists made a good showing during the recent Egypt elections.  And Libya’s rebels had connections to al Qaeda.  So you know where that country will be heading, too.  These Middle East countries, yearning for freedom from Western-leaning dictators who their Islamist minorities hated are now falling under control of these Islamists.  Who will correct that Western-lean to an Eastern-lean.  Towards Iran.

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