Thousands of Tunisians march against religious extremism   2012-01-29 03:56:56            

TUNIS, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Tunisians marched in central Tunis on Saturday to protest religious extremism and the violence that comes with it, according to some witnesses.

The organizers of the march said about 6,000 to 7,000 people walked down a major avenue in the capital city, chanting slogans and holding posters against religious extremism.

A large number of representatives from the opposition parties and the civil society joined the march, which ended peacefully despite a countering protest organized by supporters of the Islamic Ennahdha party in the same area.

Nejib Chebbi and Maya Jeribi, leaders of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), were seen among the marchers, along with Hamadi Redissi, a journalist recently attacked by a Salafist for his support to a private TV that offended the extremists.

The TV channel was criticized by some conservatives for airing a controversial carton film allegedly representing God.

Lately, there has been a resurgence of incidents in Tunisia's universities involving some Salafists who demand a more conservative dressing code for students.

Most notably, some professors at a university campus at Manouba were injured during clashes with the Salafists and others have received death threats.

On Thursday, two police officers were seriously injured in the town of Regueb in southern Tunisia when a mob attacked a police station.

A similar incident occurred days before in the southern coastal town of Zarziz, when a group of some 50 assailants stormed a police station trying to free one of their friends arrested for alleged criminal activities.

Editor: Mo Hong'e
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