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The Facebook page of Hizb Ettahrir, an Islamist political party that is legally unrecognized in Tunisia, was hacked last night by a Tunisian group claiming affiliation with the international cyber activist collective Anonymous.

A representative of the Tunisian Anonymous group, calling himself “CaliforniaKB,” said that the attack was motivated by the activity of the Tunisian hacking group Fellaga, who he accused of working for Hizb Ettahrir, and last Wednesday’s desecration of the national flag by an Islamist protester at Manouba University.

The representative said that the group did not have an ideological orientation, but was simply defending the “people’s freedom.”

“We are not liberals, we do not represent any political party. We are for the people, we are the people. We fight fire with fire, we were watching and doing nothing until we saw the Tunisian flag getting down in Manouba University,” CaliforniaKB explained.

CaliforniaKB also stated that the group is not against Islamism. “We are not against Hizb Ettahrir. Personally, I am a Muslim; we are against any extremist idea whether from left, right or center,” he asserted.

Ridha Belhaj, spokesperson of Hizb Ettahrir, expressed that the party was undaunted by the attack. “This is a cowardly thing to do; instead of confronting us, they resorted to these methods. This will not put us down, we will always be here,” Belhaj said.

Belhaj also declared that Hizb Ettahrir was not involved in the flag incident that occurred in Manouba university. “We had nothing to do with it. We are against violence – these are Hizb Ettahrir principles,” said Belhaj.

The representative of Anonymous in Tunisia threatened future attacks against the Tunisian government if they do not, “achieve the aims of the revolution,” and claimed to have access to incriminating e-mails and “financial documents” about the government.

“We do have access to many secret files. We are waiting for the good moment to take you down unless you finish the revolution in the right way,” said CaliforniaKB.

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  1. farah khaliq says:

    Alyssa, there is nothing wrong with using modern tools and technology because nothing prohibits it in Islam. Are the Chinese Muslims sinning by speaking Chinese? As a non Arab am I sinning for using my language, did ibn firnas sin by trying to invent a flying devise??! Seriously sort out your understanding of Islam please. Western ideologies are not allowed because they contradict Islam, contradict the very principle of tawhid, not because they are western but because they antagonise Islam.

    Islam is not a backward religion rather its a timeless ideology. And if you are a Muslim you should be proud that your way of life is progressive without the need to compromise.

  2. Farah says:

    I think you have an illness if, when you think of an Islamic party you assume it must be violent, and this illness originated from those who are against the idea of Islam being an ideology, so if you are indeed a Muslim you might want to refrain from using colonial and western terminologies to describe your own religion. After all the Prophet s.a.w was an Islamist, he established a state based on Islam, and it is as a result of that state that yoiu are today Muslim!

  3. Martin says:

    Please do some research.
    Anonymous and your bullshit nationalist notion do not mix.

    I’m so so disappointed by you!

  4. Alyssa Tounsia says:

    GREAT! Those types of groups should not be using technology anyway, before, after all, the Prophet Mohammed ( peace be upon him ) DID NOT USE IT!!!

    • Farah says:

      That’s a very naive comment to make, if Islam was against progression it would not have been in existence today, nor would it be used as a political tool to move masses! The Prophet s.a.w rode horses and camels does that now make cars and planes haram?

      • Alyssa Tounsia says:

        yes one can definitely make that argument about the planes and cars. also, if you are going to use the English language, use it completely or don;t use it at all. I suggest you don’t use it at all because it is after all a Western language introduced by Colonialism.

  5. karim says:

    je veux etre membre actif de anonimous comment faire je suis de la tunisie mon adresse sur face book est karim kimi ben mabrouk et vous aviez aussi mon email je vous attends

  6. Tounsia 7orra says:

    correction of a mistake : i meant not infront of the Ministry of Religious Affairs ..

  7. Tounsia 7orra says:

    I never thought i would say that , but thanks a lot .. I’m muslim too , but i’m against any type of terrorism ..
    Because of the islamist extremism Tunisia now is getting in a very dangerous period of time . we hope their “watania” shall be strong enough to remember the goals of the revolution and the dream of the martyrs , even though we have different political thoughts , but we are all tunisian sharing the same purpose OUR FREEDOM , and to pay back the martyrs who sacrifised their lives so we’ll be able to atleast breath a little more freedom than before , our revolution started infront of the Ministry of the Interior and infront of Ministry of Religious Affairs
    , we’re all muslims , and we have never had a problem with our ISLAM .. plz people wake up otherwise we will all be in a serious condition

  8. Regular Reader says:

    Anonymous!!!!! GOOD WORK against the extremism … as long as our gov is watching! free people are acting!
    Congrats again Anonymous!

  9. hmmmmm says:

    I thought arresting “key” anonymous members would stop them from doing anything

    I must not know the internet at all my mistake


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