Protesters belonging to the Salafist movement have been demonstrating for the past month in the northern town of Menzel Bourguiba against the imprisonment of their members, said Anouar Ouehiji, a self-described Salafist.
“This protest is a way of making our voices heard by the authorities and informing them of our demands,” said Ouehiji, who is president of the Faith and Combat Against Drug Addiction organization.
“We are calling on authorities to hurry up the consideration of files belonging to Salafist detainees, who were arrested because of the September 14 attack on the U.S. embassy and the Abdellia Palace attack,” he said.
Ouehiji continued, “We are also calling for the release of those who did not participate in these attacks and are detained just because they are bearded.”
According to Ouehiji, Haithem Majeri, a native of Menzel Bourguiba, is one such example and is currently being held in Mornaguia prison outside the capital Tunis under charges of setting a local government building on fire.
“Through this protest, we are trying to stop the discrimination against Salafists,” he said.
According to Tunisian radio Mosaique FM, Salafist protesters gathered today in front of Menzel Bourguiba’s municipality to demand that an investigation be opened concerning the death of Mohamed Bakhti and Bechir Golli, who both died in mid-November due to a brutal hunger strike in prison.