Ramadan Sees Intolerance Grow in Tunisia.
During a protest on Avenue Habib Bourguiba in downtown Tunis this evening, August 5, police attempted to disperse the crowd using violence and profanity. Protesters said that the manifestation was planned by activist and award-winning journalist Sofiane Chourabi, prior to his arrest this morning on charges of drinking in public.
Winner of the 2011 International Omar Ourtilane Prize, Tunisian journalist and blogger Sofiane Chourabi was arrested this morning, August 5, in the district of Manzel Temim, located in Tunisia’s Nabeul governorate.
Chourabi was arrested after allegedly being spotted drunk last night on Kelibia’s El Mansourah beach.
“He was arrested under the pretext of drinking alcohol in public and disturbing the public order last night. He is going to be sent to the courts tomorrow, ” stated the police officer from Manzel Temim with whom Tunisia Live spoke this afternoon. The police officer declined to give his name and refused to give further details at the moment.
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”Sofiane Chourabi libéré mais sera jugé en septembre.”
Chourabi freed, but will be judged in September.
Yesterday, Abdelfatah Mourou, a prominent Tunisian Islamist figure, was hospitalized after he was attacked by an attendee of a conference entitled, Tolerance in Islam, which he was heading in Kairouan.
The assailant struck Mourou in the head with what appeared to be a water glass following a dispute. Mourou passed out and was taken to the hospital, where he was given five stitches in the forehead