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Nadia El Fani: Tunisian Islamists Attack Film Showing and Artistic Freedom Group.

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Extrait de l'affiche du film de Nadia El Fani 

Recent news from Tunisia is not good.

Marianne reports,

…un commando a attaqué le dimanche 26 juin, au cœur de Tunis, la salle Habib Belhedi où on projetait «  Ni Allah, ni maitre » le film de la réalisatrice Nadia El Fani, depuis longtemps cible de menaces que Marianne2 avait évoqué il y a un mois. La jeune femme avait osé déclarer qu’elle était athée dans une interview à Hannibal TV. Le gang de jeunes barbus a donc saccagé la rencontre organisée dans le cadre de la manifestation « Touche pas à mes créateurs », qui se tenait précisément pour protester contre les violences déjà exercées contre des artistes. Le collectif «  Lam Echaml », à l’origine de cette initiative, regroupe 80 associations qui défendent la liberté d’expression et de création. Les agresseurs se sont montrés très violents. Aux cris de «  La Tunisie est un Etat islamique ! » et scandant « Le peuple veut que la laïcité soit châtiée comme un crime ! », ils ont aspergé les participants de lacrymogène et molesté plusieurs personnes en les traitant de « mécréants ». Here.

“Nadia El Fani has already been the target of threats, as reported in Marianne last month. On Sunday the 26th of June a commando attacked the projection of her  film, “Ni Allah Ni Maitre’, at the Habib Belhedi hall in the heart of Tunis. The gang of young, bearded, men smashed up the showing, which was taking place as part of a series of events held by ‘ ‘Touche pas à mes créateurs  (Hands off Creative People) – a group set up to protest against…violent attacks on artists. The organisers of this initiative, the collective Lam Echaml, brings together 80 associations which defend freedom of expression. The attackers were extremely violent. Shouting “Tunisia is an Islamic State!” and “The people want secularism punished as a crime!” they sprayed the audience with tear-gas and called those present “infidels”.”

Following this vicious assault, Nadia El Fani has changed the name of the film to  “Laïcité, inch’Allah“.(More information here)

There was a report in le Monde yesterday which said that the Islamist party Ennahdha did not agree with this assault. But they also denounced the “provocation” of demanding free speech for Nadie El Fani – who has declared herself to be an atheist.

 

The film comes out in France in September.

 

We hope it will be shown in Britain.

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

Posted in Islam, Islamism, North Africa

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